12th- 13th Century Mens Linen Supertunic

SKU: 4569HZ-1-1-2-1-2-4-2-2

12th- 13th Century Mens Linen Supertunic


    • Based on contemporary artwork
    • Main tunic color with contrast sleeve lining and yoke
    • Available in a diverse palette that includes jewel tones and muted colors
    • No visible machine stitching
    • All interior seams finished
    • Comes in one size that accommodates most body types
    • Generously sized for an opulent, flowing look
    • Please don’t hesitate to email  call or text us (708-502-1937) with any questions about stock or availability.


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About our 12-13th c. Long Tunic

From late Antiquity through the early 14th century, the basic male ensemble for all levels of society was a combination of a linen shirt or tunic worn under a second, colored tunic or dalmatic; only size, fullness of cut, sumptuousness of fabric and detail of decoration denoting any real difference in status. In the 11th century the tunic began to grow longer and fuller, a trend that continued with the ankle-length bliauts and dalmatics that were popular with men in the 12th century. We have chosen to produce a style of long, shaped but flowing tunic popular in Europe during this period and throughout most of the Byzantine era. Made of 100%  linen, this supertunic is a comfortable garment that can be worn by itself or over a long tunic.

1 review for 12th- 13th Century Mens Linen Supertunic

Anonymous (verified owner)

I knew it was meant to fit loosely, but I think there is a cut off point for one size fits most. A bit bigger than I expected.

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Note: We give the general sizing guidelines on our 12th century Undertunic because it is meant to fit loosely for a flowing silhouette when worn under our Supertunic and belted to complete the look (as shown in our photos). The length given is that of the Undertunic unbelted. Please note that although the size given is quite generous once belted this style looks very good on smaller and larger folks and those in between, as can be seen on our models.


Max. Chest Measurement Max. Waist Measurement Length (from shoulder)
One Size 54″ / 137cm 50″ / 127 cm 51″ / 130 cm

White, Black, Red, Royal Blue, Burgundy, Purple

Slate Blue, Sage, Dark Green, Oatmeal, Dark Brown, Gold

Note: Please note, with the difficulty of accurately representing colors on a variety of monitors, the color names are meant as descriptions along with the 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.

About our Supertunic

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. Throughout the Norman lands in Outremer, Sicily, England and France, sumptuous garments that were a blending of old Western and Eastern styles predominated. Subtle, but significant changes transformed the old tunic of the previous centuries into several new styles. We have chosen a design that is well documented in historical artwork and stone effigies, and was fashionable amongst both young and old during the life of the famed Richard Cur de Lion (1157 – 1199) for its combination of style and comfort. The loose, sumptuous supertunic falls below the knees and has broad, three-quarter sleeves, a deeply cut neck hole and short side slits to both facilitate movement and better display the undertunic. The tunic is cinched at the wait with either a simple, moderately wide belt or a double-wrapped belt. Our opulent, supertunics are available in a selection of linen colors with contrasting sleeve lining and yoke. As always, the garment is produced with finished interior seams and no visible machine stitching.

Drawing after a Cisterian illuminated manuscript plate of Morlia in Job, Ms. 168, f. 4 v., circa early 12th century in the Library of Dijon in Dijon, France

Drawing after an illuminated manuscript from the Monastery of Hirson, circa 1110-20, in the Candes Bibliothek in Stuttgart, Germany

Drawing after a German Manuscript in the Library of St. Peter’s, circa 1080-1150 in Salzburg, Austria

Drawing after column sculpture on the portal of Chartres Cathedral, circa the 2nd half of the 12th century in Chartres, FranceBibliothek in Stuttgart, Germany

Drawing after a an English Champleve Enamal Plaque in the Mosan Style, circa late 12th century in the Victoria and Albert Musuem in London, England

Drawing after the Donation of Duke Richard from the Mont-Saint-Michel Cartulary, circa the mid 12th century , ms 210 f. 19.v, in the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, France

This Lord stands tall and proud in his royal blue linen Long Tunic and black and red Supertunic. Concealed beneath is his Undertunic. He wears a black Turret Hat with a decorative Badge. He cinches his waist with a Decorated Belt, and finished his look with Tie Ankle Boots.

Left: This Lady of means wears a black and red Pendant Sleeve Gown with a linen Veil and gold Turret Hat. Beneath she conceals her Underdress, Stockings, Turnshoes.

Right: This Lord matches his with his black and red Supertunic and white Long Tunic. He also dons Ankle Boots and a Decorated Belt.

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