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14th-15th century Mens Linen Reversible Cotehardie

Price:: From $249.95 to $279.95


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  • Fully reversible so you get two distinct looks for one low price
  • Patterned using the period Grande Assiette armhole so popular in our Arming Cotte
  • Both layers made of 100% Linen
  • Fully tailored sleeve with long buttoned cuff to elbow
  • Please note: that for combination of light and dark colors there will be some 'show through' when worn with light color side out
  • Available in 4 sizes
  • Price: $249.95 (M, L, XL)  $279.95 (XXL)
Our Reversible Linen Cotehardie in Green worn with Simple Hose, Thin Belt, and Knee Boots

About our Mens Buttoned Cotehardie  


Our men's cotehardie is based on contemporary artwork, specifically the splendid examples in the Lancelot du Lac manuscript (circa 1380). This magnificently illustrated rendition of Chretien de Troyes' account of the quest for the Grail, was produced for the court of Bernarbo Visconti, Count of Milan, and it remains one the most cherished pictorial sources for fashion, arms, and armour in aristocratic courts of the late 14th century.

The cotehardies depicted in Lancelot are of a classic form that was particularly popular in northern Italy and France during the last quarter of the 14th century: short and closely fitted, with a long torso and a flare at the hips. There is a short, standing collar, distinctive to the last quarter of the century. The arms have a grand assiette arm-hole and are generously full to the elbow, at which point they significantly taper to follow the line of the forearm. The sleeve buttons from elbow to the cuff with cast, metal buttons, as is depicted in the manuscript. We have followed contemporary artwork by seaming the sleeve at the elbow and making the lower sleeve out of a contrasting color of fabric. This gives the garment a particularly distinctive, and dressier, look.

The Lancelot manuscript depicts the clothing of a royal court, and their real-world counterparts would have been cut and sewn to fit each customer. Because they are a very difficult garment to fit "off the rack", we have departed from what is illustrated using other contemporary design elements to provide a more comfortable fit. One alteration is a small slit in the side seam of each hem, allowing a greater freedom of motion when sitting or walking. Similar examples can be seen in a variety of French, English and Italian sources, such as the Epistre au roi Richart of Phillipe de Mezieres (1395), and illustrated in the manuscript il Fior di Battaglia of Fiore dei Liberi (1409). The most notable example, and one of the earliest, is the surviving cotehardie or "pourpoint" of Charles of Blois (circa 1364).


Photo Gallery 


Three views of our Reversible Linen Cotehardie in Black/Green worn with Simple Hose, Liripipe Hood, and Knee Boots


Colors and Fabrics 


Linen colors: Red, Black, Burgundy, Dark Green, Oatmeal, Sage,
White, Blue, Gold, Dark Brown, Slate Blue, Mustard, Purple


Burgundy -a rich, intense jewel tone
Purple -a royal purple
Dark Green -a deep forest green
Blue -a rich bright blue
Red -a true rich red
Oatmeal- a neutral color
Sage- a light green in the olive family
Gold- a bright yellow gold
Dark Brown- a dark chocolate brown
Slate Blue- a medium denim blue


Size Chart 


Size Chest Measurement Waist Measurement
Medium 36"/ 91cm 35"/ 89cm
Large 41"/ 104cm 40"/ 102cm
XLarge 46"/ 117cm 45"/ 115cm
XXL 51"/ 129cm 50"/ 127cm

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