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14th Century Linen Cotte

Price:: From $169.95 to $199.95


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  • Based on contemporary artwork
  • No visible machine stitching with the exception of button holes
  • Cast metal buttons
  • Made in 100% Linen - Also available in Raw Silk
  • Available in a medieval palette of jewel tones
  • All interior seams enclosed or finished
  • Flattering and authentic fit
  • Size XXL available as a custom order for $199.95, see our Fabric Selection page for current color selection
  • Available in Burgundy, Dark Green,  White, Blue, Black, Purple, Red, Soft Gold, Sage
  • Also see selected colors and sizes now on clearance
  • Price: $169.95

Our Cotte in Red linen, shown with soft gold linen chauses, Wool Hood, Decorated Belt and Ankle Boots

About our 14th Century Cotte 


In the 14th century clothing moved away from simple variants of the tunic towards sleek, elegant lines that emphasized the human form. Beginning mid-century, the man's cotte made a particularly radical departure from earlier fashions. The new garment was shorter (mid-thigh to knee length) than the old surcotte or tunic, with a more fitted body and, for the first time, a full length, buttoned front closure. This new garment became popular with noble and townsman alike, remaining fashionable well into the 15th century, while also giving rise to the more extreme cotehardie.

Our cotte is based on contemporary artwork from a variety of sources. We have retained all of the classic elements of the historical design: long, full sleeves that taper at the wrists, a body that flares at the hips, and cast pewter buttons based on a contemporary pattern and arranged in a uniquely medieval placement. As was done in the 14th century, this cotte can be worn alone over a linen shirt, or beneath a houpelande. Revival cottes are available in both linen - the ubiquitous fabric of medieval Europe - and raw silk for the man of means. All edges are finished or fully enclosed, improving both aesthetics and durability. Most seams of the linen cottes are fully enclosed with French seams, for a finished look while worn open. The raw silk cottes are self lined in a complimentary color and designed so as to be completely reversible, creating two garments in one!


Photo Gallery 


“Thank you very much for sending my order. It is an extremely
good fit - I'm very impressed and would recommend it to anyone. Also
impressed with the rapid service!”

- Richard Taylor
Walkerburn, Peeblesshire, Great Britain

Linen cotte in purple worn with slate blue linen chauses, tie garters, ankle boots, blue decorated belt with rosettes and Hunters Hat in black
"Thank you for the pleasant conversation earlier. I most certainly will recommend your clothing to our friends. We received many compliments about how well we were attired. In addition the clothing was very comfortable, and the linen makes very comfy pajamas, as they wick away moisture at night. I would have to say that I favor this clothing the most out off the extensive collection of outfits I own.
Eric and Tabatha Blacksmith
AKA Wolfgang von Bremen and Juliana MacPhearson
Baron and Baroness of Glymm Mere, An Tir”

Top and left: The Cotte in Burgundy Linen, worn with our Chauses in Gold and Ankle Boots in Black

Right and bottom: The Linen Cotte in Red, worn with our Linen Chauses in Blue, Ribbon Garters, and Ankle Boots


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.


Linen Colors: Dark Green, Purple, Burgundy, Blue, Red, Soft Gold, Sage, Black and White


Dark Green -a deep forest green
Burgundy -a rich, intense jewel tone
Red -a true rich red
Bright Blue -a rich bright blue
Purple -a royal purple
Sage -a lighter green in the olive family
Soft Gold -an slightly darker, more natural gold


Size Chart 


Size Chest Measurement Length (from shoulder)
Small fits up to 36" / 91cm 39" / 99cm
Medium fits up to 40" / 102cm 39" / 99cm
Large fits up to 46" / 117cm 39" / 99cm
Extra Large fits up to 52" / 132cm 40" / 102cm
XXL fits up to 58" / 147cm 40" / 102cm

Note: Sizing on our 14th century cotte 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). The length given is that of the cotte unbelted.
Size XXL is available as a custom order only. Current color options can vary so please see our Fabric Selection page to find out our fabric availability. The custom order price for size XXL is $189.95.


Our Design 



Historical Inspirations 


Drawing after a detail of a late 14th century illumination “Walter de Hamuntesham Attacked by a Mob” Drawing Drawing after the Viconti Hours circa 1390 in The National Library, Florence , Italy Drawing after an early 15th century Stained Glass Rondell in The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
Drawing after “Maneville's Travels” circa 1414-1420 in The British Museum, London, England Drawing after a detail in a late 14th c. manuscript circa 1395 in the British Museum, London, England Drawing after The Grande Heures de Rohan circa 1415 in The Bibliotethque National Paris, France
Drawing after an Italian illuminated manuscript Add. MS. 15277 circa 1400 in the British Museum, London, England   Drawing after a detail of the Bedford Hours circa 1423 in the British Museum, London, England


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