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Dresses and Decorations of the Middle Ages from the 7th to the 17th centuries by Henry Shaw F.S.A. Published: London William Pickering 1843.

William Longespée, 1st Earl of Salisbury.

Effigy, William Longespée, 1st Earl of Salisbury, Knight, 13th century, costume, dress, armour, middle ages, crusader

Effigy of William Longespée, 1st Earl of Salisbury, son of Henry II ‘Curtmantle’ d’Anjou, King of England and Ida de Tosny.

William Longespée, 1st Earl of Salisbury (1167-1226, also William I Longespée or Lungespée).

dropcap, Inkunabel, Initial, middle ages. 13th century, illuminated manuscript, Henry Shaw

Initial letter from MS. Arundel, No. 91. Known as Psalter and Book of Hours (the ‘Howard Psalter and Hours’), 14th century. Attributed to John of Metz ‘De Lisle Psalter’

MUCH of romantic interest is attached to the name of Longuespee. The first of the name, who is represented in our plate, was the son of King Henry II. by his celebrated mistress, Fair Rosamond.

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Head-dresses at the beginning of the 16th century

Anne of Bretagne, Claude de France, Headdress, 15th century, Henry Shaw, middle ages, fashion

Anne of Bretagne, Claude de France?

Head-dresses of the ladies of the fifteenth century

Initial Letter, Pliny. 15th century. Middle ages, manuscript.

L- Initial Letter

ELEGANCE and gracefulness, which had seldom exhibited themselves in the horned and peaked head-dresses of the ladies of the fifteenth century, began again to show themselves in the various headdresses of the beginning of the sixteenth. This was more especially visible in France, which country, then as now, took the lead in the fashions of dress.

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Knights in combat. England 13th century

Knights fighting, England 13th century, Middle ages, combat,Henry Shaw, armour

Medieval knights in combat. MS. Reg. 20 D, I.

KNIGHTS FIGHTING.

Q- dropcap, Inkunabel, Initial, middle ages. 13th century, illuminated manuscript, Henry Shaw

Q- dropcap. Royal Library, Paris 13th century.

QUIETNESS and peace were not among the most prominent characteristics of those ages, in which, unfettered by the sage power of judicious and efficient laws, people were taught to seek justice rather by their own strength, than by the intermediation of others. At that period, the songs which sounded most musical to the ears of the iron-cased barons were the romances that told of hard blows and doughty adventures, and the pictures most beautiful to their eyes were such as those which we here give in ouer plate.

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Richard II. King of England 1377 to 1399.

King Richard II, Costumes, Middle ages, Knight, England, 14th century,

King Richard II. Date about 1377.

King Richard II. 1367-1400.

Richard II (Richard Plantagenet, also known as Richard of Bordeaux 1367-1400), King of England from 1377 to 1399.

PERHAPS no monarch under the same circumstances ever enjoyed so great a share of the sympathy of posterity, as the ill-fated, though at the same time (it must be confessed) ill-deserving Richard II.

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King and Knight. Dresses of ceremony.

Costumes, Middle ages, Knight, England King, 12th century, Henry shaw

King and Knight.

King and Knight. England 12th century.

Initial letter, middle ages manuscript

D-Intial Letter. MS. Arundel, No. 91

DRESSES of ceremony for solemn occasions, particularly with persons in exalted stations, suffer fewer changes in the course of time, than those in common use. Our plate represents a king- of the latter end of the twelfth century, dressed in his robes of state; but we may probably take it as a good example of the regal costume during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.

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Two ladies of Siena. Italy 13th century fashion.

costumes, medieval, Italy, 13th century, fashion, middle ages, Henry Shaw, Sienna.

Ladies playing on the harp and organ.

LADIES PLAYING ON THE HARP AND ORGAN.

Gautier de Metz, initial letter, Manuscript, Middle ages

C- Initial letter. MS. Sloane, No. 2435

OSTUME, in the west of Europe, during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, was not strikingly characteristic of difference of countries; its changes were frequent, and often remarkable, but the intercourse between England and France, and in some measure with the neighbouring states, was so constant, that these changes were nearly simultaneous in them all. When, however, we pass to the south, and enter the warm clime and free states of Italy, we find the dresses of all classes have an entirely different character.

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The Norman fashion period. England 1066-1154.

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Empress Matilda, female regent, England, history, Middle ages, 12th century, costumes

The Lady of the English on her visit to Winchester on 3rd March 1141. Matilda was given a formal welcome to Winchester and handed the keys to the treasury.
Empress Matilda (also Empress Maude 1102 – 1167) was the first female regent of the kingdom of England, but was not crowned.

The Norman Period

William the Conqueror, 1066-1087.

by Mrs. Charles H. Ashdown.

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Anglo-Saxon fashion history. England c. 460 to 1066.

 

Saxon, Anglo-Saxon, costume, history, England

The Saxon
Head-gear.— Banded Phrygian cap.
Cloak.— Of blue cloth embroidered.
Tunica.— Green cloth embroidered.
Stockings.— Red cloth cross-gartered yellow.
(Photographed direct from examples used in the Author’s lecture upon Mediaeval Costumes and Head-dresses.

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King Henry VI. and his court. The good duke Humphrey.

King Henry VI. The good duke Humphrey. Middle ages fashion. The British Monarchy.

King Henry VI. (1421-1471) and his court.

King Henry VI. 1421-1471 and his court.

Medieval letter decoration. Middle ages Book illustration. Initial letter O

Initial letter O

OUR plate represents a part of the group which occupies the left-hand compartment of the tapestry of Coventry, already described. It is one of the many illustrations of our great dramatic bard which we are enabled to give from contemporary pictures. The nobleman distinguished by his flowing beard, is said to be the “good duke Humphrey;” whilst in the person kneeling behind the king, we readily recognise his uncle and rival, the Cardinal Beaufort. The tapestry must therefore, have been made before 1447, the date of Duke Humphrey’s death (1390-1447). This group has a peculiar interest for the reader of Shakespeare, since it exhibits together several of the personages who figure most prominently in the Second Part of King Henry VI. Gloucester presents much of that character which is so vividly painted by the bard: he is the man loved by the people, and respected by the good among the nobles: Continue reading

The Romance of the Rose. The Art of courtly love.

The Romance of the Rose. Art of courtly love. 15th century burgundy fashion

The Romance of the Rose 1480. Art of courtly love.

The Romance of the Rose. The Art of courtly love. 15th century.

WE have already given an account of this curious literary production, and a brief analysis of the commencement. Continue reading

Christine de Pizan and Queen Isabeau of Bavaria.

Christine de Pizan. Isabeau de Bavière. Middle ages clothing. Medieval costumes. 15th century fashion.

Christine de Pizan presenting her manuscript to Queen Isabeau de Bavière

Christine de Pizan presenting her manuscript against the Roman de la Rose to Queen Isabeau of Bavaria, France c. 1410 – c. 1414.

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Margaret of Anjou Queen of Henry VI. and her court.

Margaret of Anjou. 15th century clothing. Tudor costume. Renaissance Costumes. The Wars of the Roses.

Margaret of Anjou 1430-1482 wife of King Henry VI of England.

Margaret of Anjou Queen of Henry VI. and her court.

LONG attachments and frequent visits rendered King Henry VI. and his queen Margaret, even in the midst of their misfortunes, great favourites with, the people of Coventry. 

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