Made to order in Wool! 10th- 11th c. Early Medieval/ Viking Tunic
Price:: From $134.95 to $154.95
- Based on period sources, using authentic lines
- Affordable price makes it ideal for a new reenactor dressing up an existing wardrobe
- No visible machine stitching
- Available as made to order only in Wool
- See our Fabric Selection page for available options
- Select your size and fabric choice from the drop down menu and write in your color choice in the comments box during checkout
- Allow 3-4 weeks for delivery
- Also see our in stock Linen Viking Tunic
- Available in a muted palette appropriate for the dyes commonly used in period
- All interior seams finished
- Price: $134.95
About our Men's Viking Tunic
One of the most ubiquitous garments for new reenactors is the so-called T-tunic. But in reality, a proper, early Medieval tunic is a far more sophisticated garment, with full skirts and a tapered sleeve. At times, the distinction between shirt and tunic blurred, with the latter being most notable for being made of undyed linen. In cooler weather, tunics could also be layered for warmth, with a wool tunic, often covering a linen shirt and a linen tunic.
We have based our Viking Age tunic on a number of 11th century sources, showing the growing influence of southern European dress. Examples include the shirts pictured in Anglo-Saxon Tiberius Calendar, the Bayeux Tapestry, that worn by Cnut in the Liber Vitae and Thorkell in the Eadui Psalter The Revival Viking Tunic is cut straight through torso with many gores to create a full skirted bottom hem. The neck hole is a distinctive, square shape with a front center-slit, while the sleeves are cut straight for a more fitted line around the wrist and forearm.
About our Viking Age / Early Medieval Line
"AD. 793. This year came dreadful fore-warnings over the land of the Northumbrians, terrifying the people most woefully: these were immense sheets of light rushing through the air, and whirlwinds, and fiery dragons flying across the firmament. These tremendous tokens were soon followed by a great famine: and not long after, on the sixth day before the ides of January in the same year, the harrowing inroads of heathen men made lamentable havoc in the church of God in Holy-island (Lindisfarne), by rapine and slaughter." - The Anglo Saxon Chronicle
In the late 8th century, Scandinavian sea-pirates sacked the island monastery of Lindisfarne, heralding in the so-called Viking Age, a term applied to the eighth through eleventh centuries, in which Norsemen traders and raiders, explored Europe, and settled in Normandy, Iceland, Greenland, Newfoundland, and Vinland. To the east, they set themselves up as the rulers of Russian Kiev, pressed into Anatolia and took service as the famed Varangian Guard of the Byzantine Emperors.
Our new Viking Age product line will be continuously growing with representations of the fashions of the Norse, Anglo-Saxons and Normans civilizations of this period. Regardless of which of these cultures one portrays, there are a number of common truths for Northern European fashion in this period. Linen was the most fabric for clothing, followed by a variety of different weight wools used for overtunics, cloaks and overdresses. Silk, as an extremely rare, luxury fabric, was only used for small trim or accents.
The period leading to the Viking Age was a conservative one, with localized cultures and limited trade. Consequently, many similarities of cut and fit exist between late Roman era Germanic dress and Viking era, Scandinavian clothes, until very late in the period.
Read more about Viking culture in our From the Pen of History article: The Gift of a Shirt
Colors and Fabrics
Note: Due to the difficulty of representing colors accurately on a variety of monitors we've included color descriptions along with our swatches. Please use both when deciding on what color to order. Also, despite how the colors may appear on your monitor the same color names in Wool, Silk and Linen are different and do not exactly coordinate.
Black/White Tweed, Brown Tweed, Black, Charcoal, Blue, Burgundy Tweed
Medium Blue, Brown, Oatmeal
||fits up to 44" / 112cm
||48" / 122cm
||fits up to 50" / 127cm
||54" / 137cm
||fits up to 56" / 142cm
||60" / 152cm
||fits up to 62" / 157cm
||64" / 162cm
Note: Sizing on our tunic is judged by chest size because it is meant to fit loosely in the waist and to be worn with a belt to complete the shape and look (as shown in our photos).
From the Pen of History- The Tumultuous 15th Century