Length (from shoulder to hem)
Approximate modern size equivalent
Boys 20/ Mens 36
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.
Our children’s wear line is based on smaller simplified, versions of our adult clothing, as it was in period. Throughout the Middle Ages clothes were worn in layers, with a light linen tunic forming the foundation over which additional linen or wool garments were worn. The exact nature of these earliest garments is unknown, but by the 13th century, they had evolved into a simple, style we commonly call the tunic. Fortunately, not only is the shirt of this time well represented in surviving artwork, but a single piece, believed to be that of Saint Louis (King Louis IX of France), survives in a remarkably preserved condition.
Worn with shirt and hood this ubiquitous silhouette was a common style for medieval children, be he child of duke or cotter. Most clothing for younger children was relatively simple in form and therefore had a very unisex look. The simple tunic shown here could function as an under layer worn under the long tunic (usually in white) for boy or girl or alone in a color as a short tunic outer layer.
Drawing after Gaston Phebus’ Book of Hunting circa late 14th century MS francais 616 in the Bibliotethque National Paris, France
Drawing after a British Manuscript of the building of St. Albans Abbey circa early 14th century Cotton Ms. Nero DI f.23v in The British Museum, London, England
Drawing after a details in the Lutrell Psalter circa 1340, British Museum, London, England