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12th- 13th Century Linen Pendant Sleeved Gown

Price:: $249.95


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  • Based on contemporary artwork
  • No visible machine stitching with the exception of lacing holes
  • Made in 100% Linen
  • Available in a pallet of rich, jewel tones with contrast sleeve lining
  • Also available made to order in Silk and Wool 
  • Also see our Pendant Sleeve Gown Full Wardrobe
  • All interior seams enclosed or finished
  • Comes in four sizes to accommodate most body types
  • Back laced closure allows for near perfect fit
  • Linen Colors: Black/ White, Blue/ White, Red/ Black, Dark Green/ Black, Black/ Gold
  • Price: $249.95
Our Linen Pendant Sleeve Gown in burgundy with black worn with an Underdress

About our Pendant Sleeved Gown 


The Twelfth Century was an era of cultural and technical innovation that has been called both the “High Middle Ages and the “Little Renaissance”. In southern France, troubadours wrote a new form of music that sang of “courtly love”, while the rough-and-ready knightly class adopted a new ideology of its own: chivalry. The brutality of the Crusades not only caused the birth of new, distant kingdoms and the “new knighthood” of the Knights Templar and Hospitallers, but reopened a gateway to the East that brought an influx of new ideas, technologies and materials. The great, Gothic cathedrals, universities, and the reopening of the silk trade were all children born of this new cultural flowering. It was also an age of legendary personalities, whose names have survived the centuries: Henry Plantagenet, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Richard the Lionheart, William Marshal, Saladin and the Emperor Frederick Barbarossa.

This era was also an age of innovation and elegance in civilian dress. One such example was a new, elegant back-laced gown that replaced the bliaut over the second half of the 12th century, and was made popular throughout the courts of England and France by such famed ladies as Queen Eleanor and her daughter, the renowned Marie de France. These new, fitted gowns adopted a variety of both simple and dramatic sleeve shapes, and although they fell out of fashion in the 13th century, were forerunners to the fitted dresses that would reappear in the 14th. We have chosen a unique, beautiful design from the later decades of the 12th century for its combination of style and comfort. The long, fitted dress has narrow sleeves that flare out into dramatic, streaming cuffs that almost reach to the ground. This gown is the height of “High Medieval” fashion! Based on contemporary artwork, and made in 100% Linen, our pendant sleeved, back-laced gown is available in our new pallet of rich, jewel tones with a contrasting sleeve lining. Four sizes and the historical back-laced closure allows for near perfect fit for most body types. This gown shows that nobility doesn't just have to be stately, it can be sexy!

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"My package just arrived safely. Am LOVING the dark green bliaut. The color is jaw dropping. First bought one 2 years ago.In case anyone asks, the silk does dye nicely (with professional silk dye - Jacquard brandwasused) - turned the teal into a jewel tone blue, with no problems."

Thought best to let you know,
Best Regards,
Christina B., Seattle

A back view of our Linen Pendant Sleeve Gown in burgundy with black worn with an Underdress
“Thank you, thank you, thank you! I found my clothes waiting for me when I came home on leave from Afghanistan, and I have to say I was stunned! I can't tell you how fantastic I feel! Everything fits, everything looks superb, and for the first time I'll be going to events in something historically accurate.

If anyone reads this, just stop reading and go buy something here! You cannot go wrong! Nothing short of the energy death of the universe will prevent anyone from enjoying these clothes AND getting a good deal in the process!”

- SGT John Steinke
Company A
3rd Battalion
141st Infantry

She's wearing our Linen Pendant Sleeve Gown in burgundy with black worn with an UnderdressRectangular Veiland Turret Hat.

He's wearing our Linen Supertuinc in burgundy with black and an Undertunic.


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 Silk and Linen are different and do not exactly coordinate.


Linen colors:  Dark Green, White, Black, Red and Blue

Dark Green -a deep forest green
Red -a true rich bright red
Blue -a bright royal blue


Size Chart 


Size Bust Measurement Waist Measurement
2 32-36" / 81-91cm 26-30" / 66-76cm
3 36-40" / 91-102cm 32-36" / 81-91cm
4 44-48" / 112-121cm 38-42" / 96-106cm
5 48-52" / 122-132cm 44-48" / 112-121cm

Note: In our women's clothes we've abandoned 'standard', modern sizing because it is far from standard, and tends to cause more confusion than provide accurate information. So, please judge your size by your chest and waist measurements. We do not give hip measurements because the gown flares dramatically at the hip and is so generously sized there that fit is not an issue at that point. A range of fit is given for each size because the lacings and placket in the back start at the top and extend to below the hip providing flexibility within each size as well as a near perfect fit to each individual within that size range. The gowns run long with a small train so that you can wear them in the authentic fashion of the period - trailing along the ground or hem it to your desired length.


Our Design 



Historical Inspirations 


Drawing after a German Manuscript in the Library of St. Peter's, circa 1080-1150 in Salzburg, Austria Drawing after an illustration in Hortus Deliciarium by the Abbess Herrade de Landsburg , circa 1180 in the Strassburg Library in Strassburg, Germany Drawing after a illuminated manuscript in the Engelberg Monastery Library, Cod.14, circa 12th century in Engelberg, Swizterland
Drawing after a Spanish sculptural relief of St. Juliana and Devil, circa the late 12th century in Siones, Spain   Drawing after an illuminated manuscript Cott. MS. Nero C. iv., circa 12th century


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