14th-15th c. Womens Linen ‘Lancelot du Lac’ Cotehardie

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14th-15th c. Womens Linen ‘Lancelot du Lac’ Cotehardie

$344.95

    • Based on artwork in the ‘Lancelot du Lac’ manuscript
    • All interior seams finished
    • Includes our signature lacing with a full placket for a flattering fit
    • Fully tailored sleeve with long buttoned cuff to elbow
    • Available in striking combinations either solid or with contrast sleeves
    • Lace available in natural or black (+$5)
    • Size 6 is available as a custom order (+$50)
    • Please don’t hesitate to email  call or text us (708)-502-1937) with any questions about stock or availability.

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Our new 14th century gown is a form of cotehardie based on contemporary artwork, specifically the splendid examples in the Lancelot du Lac manuscript (c.1380). This magnificently illustrated rendition of Chretien de Troyes’ account of the quest for the Grail, was produced for the court of Bernarbo Visconti, Count of Milan, and it remains one the most cherished pictorial sources for fashion, arms, and armour in aristocratic courts of the late 14th century.

The gowns depicted in Lancelot are of a classic form that was particularly popular in northern Italy and France during the last quarter of the 14th century: a gown fitted in the torso with a front-closure, flaring from the hips into full skirts and a short train. The arms are generously full to the elbow, at which point they significantly taper to follow the line of the forearm. The sleeve buttons from elbow to the cuff with cast, metal buttons, as is depicted in the manuscript. We have followed contemporary artwork by seaming the sleeve at the elbow and making the lower sleeve out of a contrasting color of fabric. This was a common, and particularly attractive, feature of the Italian cyprianae, which we have faithfully reproduced.

The gowns shown in the Lancelot manuscript are meant to represent the clothing of a royal court, and their real-world counterparts would have been cut and sewn to fit each customer. Because they are a very difficult garment to fit “off the rack”, we have departed from what is illustrated for the garment’s closure. While these are universally buttoned in the Lancelot manuscript, this again requires customers to either have a tailored garment, or to wear their cotehardie with a loose fit. Not satisfied with this, we have chosen to use the same front-lacing placket design that has made our early 15th century front-laced gown so popular, and allows a better fit for a wider variety of body-types. Lacing was a common alternative amongst middle-class and aristocratic ladies of the late 14th century.  Our standard lace is a natural color or you can get black for an additional charge. The cyprianae itself was always side or back-laced, while front-laced “cottardite” in “French fashion”, are specifically denoted in the trousseau of Valentina Visconti, upon her 1389 marriage to Charles V son Louis, the Duke of Orleans. This combination of function and fashion creates a unique gown that is easy to dress yourself in, yet would look at home in the illustrated pages of a 14th century romance.

Our Lancelot du Lac gown is available in linen with a linen contrast lower sleeve. All edges are finished or fully enclosed, improving both aesthetics and durability. As was done in the 14th century, the cotehardie can be worn alone over a linen undergown, or beneath a sideless surcoat, exposing to the belt worn at the hips.

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    Probably, the loveliest cotehardie that you offer. The details make my Lady Wife look lovely.

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Size Chart

Note: In our women’s clothes we’ve abandoned ‘standard’, modern sizing because it is far from standard, and tends to cause more confusion than provide accurate information. So, please judge your size by your chest and waist measurements. We do not give hip measurements because the gown flares dramatically at the hip and is so generously sized there that fit is not an issue at that point. A range of fit is given for each size because the lacings and placket in the back start at the top and extend to below the hip providing flexibility within each size as well as a near perfect fit to each individual within that size range. The gowns run long with a small train so that you can wear them in the authentic fashion of the period – trailing along the ground or hem it to your desired length.

Size Bust Measurement Waist Measurement
2 36- 40″ 28- 34″
3 40- 44″ 31- 39″
4 44- 50″ 36- 44″
5 50- 56″ 44-52″
6 56- 62″ 50- 56″

Size 6 is available made-to-order only.

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 new 14th century gown is a form of cotehardie based on contemporary artwork, specifically the splendid examples in the Lancelot du Lac manuscript (c.1380). This magnificently illustrated rendition of Chretien de Troyes’ account of the quest for the Grail, was produced for the court of Bernarbo Visconti, Count of Milan, and it remains one the most cherished pictorial sources for fashion, arms, and armour in aristocratic courts of the late 14th century.

The gowns depicted in Lancelot are of a classic form that was particularly popular in northern Italy and France during the last quarter of the 14th century: a gown fitted in the torso with a front-closure, flaring from the hips into full skirts and a short train. The arms are generously full to the elbow, at which point they significantly taper to follow the line of the forearm. The sleeve buttons from elbow to the cuff with cast, metal buttons, as is depicted in the manuscript. We have followed contemporary artwork by seaming the sleeve at the elbow and making the lower sleeve out of a contrasting color of fabric. This was a common, and particularly attractive, feature of the Italian cyprianae, which we have faithfully reproduced.

The gowns shown in the Lancelot manuscript are meant to represent the clothing of a royal court, and their real-world counterparts would have been cut and sewn to fit each customer. Because they are a very difficult garment to fit “off the rack”, we have departed from what is illustrated for the garment’s closure. While these are universally buttoned in the Lancelot manuscript, this again requires customers to either have a tailored garment, or to wear their cotehardie with a loose fit. Not satisfied with this, we have chosen to use the same front-lacing placket design that has made our early 15th century front-laced gown so popular, and allows a better fit for a wider variety of body-types. Lacing was a common alternative amongst middle-class and aristocratic ladies of the late 14th century.  Our standard lace is a natural color or you can get black for an additional charge. The cyprianae itself was always side or back-laced, while front-laced “cottardite” in “French fashion”, are specifically denoted in the trousseau of Valentina Visconti, upon her 1389 marriage to Charles V son Louis, the Duke of Orleans. This combination of function and fashion creates a unique gown that is easy to dress yourself in, yet would look at home in the illustrated pages of a 14th century romance.

Our Lancelot du Lac gown is available in linen with a linen contrast lower sleeve. All edges are finished or fully enclosed, improving both aesthetics and durability. As was done in the 14th century, the cotehardie can be worn alone over a linen undergown, or beneath a sideless surcoat, exposing to the belt worn at the hips.

Drawing after ‘Lancelot du Lac’ et la quete du Graal circa 1385, manuscript 343 in the Bibliotethque National, Paris, France

Drawing after the effigy of Catherine Beauchamp, Countess of Warwick, circa 1370-1375, St Mary’s Church, Warwick, England

Drawing after ‘Lancelot du Lac’ et la quete du Graal circa 1385, manuscript 343 in the Bibliotethque National, Paris, France

Drawing after ‘Lancelot du Lac’ et la quete du Graal circa 1385, manuscript 343 in the Bibliotethque National, Paris, France

Illustration from the Romance of Alexander, French, 1338-44, fol 59r in the British Museum

This Lady struts confidently in her royal blue linen Lancelot Gown with gold linen sleeves. Beneath she dons a linen Chemise, linen Stockings,  Garters, and Boots. Also shown is a Gold linen Liripipe Hood . She finishes her look with a Decorated Belt.

This Lady struts confidently in her black linen Lancelot Gown with gold linen sleeves. Also shown is a red linen Liripipe Hood . Beneath she dons a red linen Kirtle, linen Stockings, wool Garters, and Boots.

This Lady struts confidently in her black linen Lancelot Gown with gold linen sleeves. Also shown is a red linen Liripipe Hood . Beneath she dons a red linen Kirtle, linen Stockings, wool Garters, and Boots.

This Lady struts confidently in her royal blue linen Lancelot Gown with gold linen sleeves. Beneath she dons a linen Chemise, linen Stockings,  Garters, and Boots. Also shown is a Gold linen Liripipe Hood. She finishes her look with a Decorated Belt.

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