14-15th c. Agincourt Arming Cotte

14-15th c. Agincourt Arming Cotte

$324.95

    • Based on historical patterns and research
    • Designed in conjunction with Doug Strong of the Armour Research Society
    • Engineered for ease of motion and designed to support your harness very comfortably
    • Made of 100% heavy linen outer and lining
    • Arming Points attached for ready-to-wear pointing of your armour
    • Laces closed in front and at the sleeve, past the elbow for custom fit
    • ‘Port-piece’ (a period term for the front placket) in front provides finished look and complete coverage
    • Available in Black, Red, Dark Green, Blue, Gold and White
    • Comes in five sizes to accommodate most body types
    • Can be custom ordered in any color combination as a Parti-colored +$65
    • If you would like to this in parti-colored combo –  use that selection in the drop down and specify which two colors you would like (limited to colors listed)
    • size XXL available as a custom order + $50
    • Front and sleeve laces available in natural or black (+$14.95)
    • Arming Points available in standard natural with plastic tips or colors with metal tips (+$24)
    • 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 Agincourt Arming Cotte
Dateline: 25 October 1415


It wasn't supposed to be like this.

It had been a hard six weeks siege, but then Harfleur was yours. You set out from the city anxious to see Calais, the Channel, and then good English fields.

Then it all began going wrong. First, they blocked the ford across the Somme, so the King ordered the army on to Amiens. You crossed only to find yourselves in battle at Corbie. Yes, you carried the day, but to what end? A full week later of forced marching and you're tired, sick, hungry, and still fifty miles from Calais and a ship for home. And that's the good news. The bad news is that you're trapped. From the Dukes of Orleans and Bourbon to the Marshal Boucicault himself, the entire flower of French chivalry stands between you and the road home. Hell, they're encamped across the road! Last night, as you sat shivering in a soul-soaking fall rain, you could hear laughter, even singing from their camp. Like hundreds of others, you waited to see the priest and confess your sins. He says today is the Feast of St. Crispin and Crispianus. You can't see what good the patron saints of shoemakers will be against a fresh army three times the size of your own, but as you point your legs to your arming coat, you muse that if they could do something, you be forever thankful….

By that fateful day in October of 1415 the great 14th century “arms race” was over and the “knight in shining armour” had been born. From bascinet to sabatons, full and fully-articulated plate armour was not only possible, but increasingly common for men of station. While this eliminated the need for either both the mail shirt and the thickly quilted gambeson beneath it, it introduced some new challenges. Armour is only as useful as it is mobile, so how do you keep all of those different pieces in place?

If you already wear, or are building, a full-harness of armour c.1380 - 1450 or don't want the padding of a gambeson under your armour, then we are pleased to provide that answer! Designed in conjunction with Doug Strong, co-founder of the Armour Research Society, our Agincourt Arming Cotte has been carefully engineered for ease of movement, durability and authenticity. Based on both the tightly-fitted cotehardie of the 1390s and the early 15th century doublets that grew from them, this garment is designed to keep your arm and leg harness hanging exactly where it belongs, while distributing its weight across your entire torso. Just think, no more twisting, sliding or pinching from your own armour! And as an added bonus, it's an awfully sharp garment in its own right! We'll never know what went through the minds of the men who took to the muddy fields of Agincourt, but we do know that they expected their armour and their arming clothes to work. With this arming cotte, you can too.

A note about arming points: We've attached 8 arming points with leather rectangles at the shoulder, upper arm and leg to use for pointing your armour to our Arming Cotte (please note the upper arm points are not shown in the photographs). If your armour requires a different placement of any of the points all you need to do is carefully remove the leather rectangle from the cotte with a seam ripper and re-sew it to the cotte where you need it. To attach points just sew a 'box' around the edges of the leather square - stitching through all layers of the garment.

Read more about The Battle of Agincourt

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S, M, L, XL, XXL

Color

Black, Red, Dark Green, Blue, Gold, White

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    Good workmanship! This is replacing my last one, which gave 35 years of service.

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Size Chart

Size Max. Chest Measurement Max. Waist Measurement
Small 36-42″ / 92-107 cm 33-39″ / 84-99 cm
Medium 38-44″ / 96-112 cm 36-42″ / 91-107 cm
Large 40-46″ / 101-117 cm 38-44″ / 96-112 cm
XLarge 46-52″ / 116-132 cm 44-50″ / 112-127 cm

This chart is meant as a general reference and there is considerable leeway with garment because you can lace it to fit you exactly. Because this garment has a ‘ port-piece’ (a period term for the front placket, also called a modesty panel in modern terms) you can lace in anywhere within the range given and you will still be completely covered. The nature of fit of a laced garment is very forgiving and will permit a good fit even if you are a bit smaller or larger than the given sizes. The smallest measurement indicates the size with the arming cotte laced to meet in the middle and the widest where the placket extend to, or the largest size it will lace to and still have the placket cover the front completely. It won’t precisely lace up to meet in the middle on most people (unless you happen to be that exact size) but that is not necessary in order to fit correctly or look good. Please note that if you are on the cusp between sizes that you generally want to choose a smaller size because the garment is meant to be worn laced tightly in order to support the leg harness around the hip area. In other words, it more desirable that there be a space between the two front edges, where it laces, rather than have it be even a little loose. That way you can lace very tightly from your waist to your hips in order to keep the weight and pull of your leg harness exclusively on your lower body, which is how this garment is designed to be used. If your arming cotte is not laced very tightly around your waist and hips some of the weight of your leg harness can be distributed up to the shoulders, which greatly increases fatigue.

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

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

Note: Please note, only some colors are available in the heavier weight linen we use in making this product. Also, 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 Agincourt Arming Cotte
Dateline: 25 October 1415


It wasn’t supposed to be like this.

It had been a hard six weeks siege, but then Harfleur was yours. You set out from the city anxious to see Calais, the Channel, and then good English fields.

Then it all began going wrong. First, they blocked the ford across the Somme, so the King ordered the army on to Amiens. You crossed only to find yourselves in battle at Corbie. Yes, you carried the day, but to what end? A full week later of forced marching and you’re tired, sick, hungry, and still fifty miles from Calais and a ship for home. And that’s the good news. The bad news is that you’re trapped. From the Dukes of Orleans and Bourbon to the Marshal Boucicault himself, the entire flower of French chivalry stands between you and the road home. Hell, they’re encamped across the road! Last night, as you sat shivering in a soul-soaking fall rain, you could hear laughter, even singing from their camp. Like hundreds of others, you waited to see the priest and confess your sins. He says today is the Feast of St. Crispin and Crispianus. You can’t see what good the patron saints of shoemakers will be against a fresh army three times the size of your own, but as you point your legs to your arming coat, you muse that if they could do something, you be forever thankful….

By that fateful day in October of 1415 the great 14th century “arms race” was over and the “knight in shining armour” had been born. From bascinet to sabatons, full and fully-articulated plate armour was not only possible, but increasingly common for men of station. While this eliminated the need for either both the mail shirt and the thickly quilted gambeson beneath it, it introduced some new challenges. Armour is only as useful as it is mobile, so how do you keep all of those different pieces in place?

If you already wear, or are building, a full-harness of armour c.1380 – 1450 or don’t want the padding of a gambeson under your armour, then we are pleased to provide that answer! Designed in conjunction with Doug Strong, co-founder of the Armour Research Society, our Agincourt Arming Cotte has been carefully engineered for ease of movement, durability and authenticity. Based on both the tightly-fitted cotehardie of the 1390s and the early 15th century doublets that grew from them, this garment is designed to keep your arm and leg harness hanging exactly where it belongs, while distributing its weight across your entire torso. Just think, no more twisting, sliding or pinching from your own armour! And as an added bonus, it’s an awfully sharp garment in its own right! We’ll never know what went through the minds of the men who took to the muddy fields of Agincourt, but we do know that they expected their armour and their arming clothes to work. With this arming cotte, you can too.

A note about arming points: We’ve attached 8 arming points with leather rectangles at the shoulder, upper arm and leg to use for pointing your armour to our Arming Cotte (please note the upper arm points are not shown in the photographs). If your armour requires a different placement of any of the points all you need to do is carefully remove the leather rectangle from the cotte with a seam ripper and re-sew it to the cotte where you need it. To attach points just sew a ‘box’ around the edges of the leather square – stitching through all layers of the garment.

Read more about The Battle of Agincourt

Please note: our arming cotte is based on period artwork details and some of the seaming is derived from earlier extant gambesons and related artwork. We have included both below.

Drawing after a detail of an illuminated manuscript circa 1441 in the Nuremburg Museum, Nuremburg, Germany

Drawing after manuscript 621 fol. 365 circa 1427-1438 in the Bibliotheque de l’Arsenal, Paris, France

Drawing after manuscript 988, lat. 17294, fol. 122 verso circa 1430 in the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France

Drawing after manuscript 5070 fol. 49 verso circa 1440 in The Bibliotheque de l’ Arsenal, Paris, France

Drawing from a detail of the Weltchronik of Rudolf von Ems circa 1360 in Austria

Drawing after the mid-14th C. jack
of Charles de Blois in the Musees de
Tissus in Lyon, France

Drawing after the Jupon of Charles VI
in the Musee des Beaux-Arts de
Chartes, late 14th century

Drawing after a detail of the
“Martyrdom of Saint Catherine” in the Little
Church of Saint Francis, circa 1360

Drawing after in the Catholicon circa 1348 in Liege University, Belgium

Here’s a photo essay showing our Agincourt Arming Cotte in use with a full harness. All armour was made by Doug Strong.

This fighter prepares for battle matching his black Arming Cotte to his Chauses. His Braies and Shirt are cnoncealed beneath. He tucks his Chauses into his brown  Tall Riding Boots 

Doug, our co-developer, wearing his blue Arming Cotte. Beaneath his Cotte is his Shirt. Instead of Chauses he has opted for our Simple Medieval Hose for ease of movement.

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