The Society of La Calza was an association of young Venetian noblemen and a few strangers of high rank. The “compagne” distinguished by some particular name, such as Immortali, Semprevivi, Perpetui, Eterni Pavoni, Ortolani, Giardinieri, Felici, etc.
The plate which we give represents a group of simple musicians of the time of Edward III, and the singularity of their costume proves that a taste for the grotesque in dress had already made sensible progress at this period.
Anne Dauphine of Auvergne
EDWARD III. king of England and Wales Edward III. (13 November 1312 – 21 June 1377) from the Anjou Plantagenet dynasty, was king of England and Wales from 1327 to 1377… Read More
A FRENCH LADY OF RANK. 15th century.
ABOVE all other periods in the history of England, that of the weak Richard II. was remarkable for the variety and gaiety of its fashions. The satirists and reformers of the day were zealous and loud in their outcries against the extravagance of the higher classes.
DAN Chaucer, as he is termed by some of our older writers, is the popular representative of the earlier period of English poetry; indeed he may be considered The Poet, par excellence, of the English Middle Ages.
These figures present interesting examples of the female costume among our ancestors in the first half of the twelfth century. Illuminations of the Cottonian Manuscript Nero C. IV.
Coronation spoon of English monarchs.
ECCLESIASTICS OF THE TWELFTH CENTURY. NO class of figures occurs so frequently in the illuminations of our earlier manuscripts, as those of ecclesiastics of different grades; and as the older… Read More