14th Century Linen Cotte

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14th Century Linen Cotte

$204.95

    • Based on contemporary medieval artwork(see Historical Inspirations below)
    • Authentic lines for comfortable, distinguished look
    • Affordable price makes it ideal for a new reenactor dressing up an existing wardrobe
    • Made in 100% Linen, also available made to order Wool or Silk
    • All interior seams enclosed or finished
    • Available in a diverse palette that includes jewel tones and muted colors
    • No visible machine stitching except buttonholes
    • Comes in four sizes to accommodate most body types
    • Can be custom ordered in any color combination as a Parti-colored cotte +$40
    • 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 in swatches below)
    • size XXL is available as a custom order +$40
    • 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 14th c. 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 houppelande. Revival cottes are available in linen – the ubiquitous fabric of medieval Europe -, wool, and raw silk for the man of means. All edges are finished or fully enclosed, improving both aesthetics and durability.

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Size Chart

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 Max. Chest Measurement Length (from shoulder)
Small 36″ / 91 cm 39″ / 99 cm
Medium 40″ / 102 cm 39″ / 99 cm
Large 46″ / 117 cm 39″ / 99 cm
XLarge 52″ / 132 cm 40″ / 102 cm
XXL 65″ / 157 cm 60″ / 102 cm

Size XXL is available as made-to-order only.

Linen Colors:

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 14th c. 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 houppelande. Revival cottes are available in linen – the ubiquitous fabric of medieval Europe -, wool, and raw silk for the man of means. All edges are finished or fully enclosed, improving both aesthetics and durability.

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 The Grande Heures de Rohan circa 1415 in The Bibliotethque National Paris, France

Drawing after Maneville’s Travels circa 1414-1420 in The British Museum, London, England

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

This Lord stands valiantly in a red linen Cotte and gold linen Chauses. Hidden beneath are his Shirt and Braies. He narrows his waist with a decorated Belt. His black Ankle Boots match with his black wool Dagged Hood

Left: This Lady of noble birth wears a parti-colored green and black Backlaced Gown. Her Barbette helps to keep her Turret Hat atop her head. Beneath her gown she wears a Chemise and Stockings held up by Garters. She hangs an oatmeal colored linen Pouch from her Belt.

Right: This lord matches his Lady with a green and black linen Cotte. He matches his red Liripipe Hood to his linen Chauses. It is pinned closed with a Decorative Badge. Beneath his Cotte he wears a Shirt and Braies.

Left: This Lady of noble birth wears a royal blue Backlaced Gown. Beneath her gown she wears a Chemise and Stockings held up by Garters. Bright red Ankle Boots peek out from beneath her gown.

Right: This lord kneels to his Lady with a royal blue linen Cotte. He matches his red Gloves to his Belt, and Garters.  His gold Chauses are held up by his Braies. Beneath his Cotte he wears a slim cut Shirt to reduce bulk.

This Lord stands gallantly in a burgundy linen Cotte and linen Chauses. Hidden beneath are his Shirt and Braies. He narrows his waist with a brown leather Belt. Atop his crown head places his favored Chaperone.

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