Medieval Men’s Shirt

Medieval Men’s Shirt

$124.95

    • Based on contemporary medieval artwork(see Historical Inspirations below)
    • Generous, flattering and authentic fit
    • Comfortable and authentic sleep or lounge wear
    • No visible machine stitching
    • All interior seams finished
    • Comes in four sizes to accommodate most body types
    • size XXL is available as a custom order +$20
    • 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 medieval Shirt

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, relatively short, white linen shirt. When worn under the tunic and supertunic of the period, this shirt would have all but disappeared from view, except perhaps at the collar. 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. Much like this extant garment our shirt is quite substantial and generously sized. Made of heavyweight, 7.5 oz linen, this version of our shirt has a 'keyhole' neckline. For a more fitted, lighter weight version of the medieval shirt see our 14th Century Lightweight Shirt.

The shirt went through subtle, but important changes in the century that followed, as it evolved to conform to the new, closer-fitting outer garments of mens fashion. Beginning with the St. Louis shirt as a reference, we have based our shirt on contemporary artwork, to produce a garment that maintains all of the key elements of the period. Made of a heavy-weight, white linen, the body of the shirt is cut like that of the cotte and is specifically designed to be worn with it. The shirt has a keyhole neckline which can show from under the cotte and can be worn open or closed with a broach. Worn with chausses and braies, this ubiquitous shirt forms the foundational dress of medieval man, from duke to cotter.

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    Light, comfortable, great fit.

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Size Chart

Note: Our medieval shirt is meant to fit loosely in the chest and flare from there down to the hem. The chest measurements given are that of the shirt itself so you should choose a size that is somewhat bigger than your actual chest measurement. Typically, we recommend the shirt be 2-4″ bigger than your chest measurement for an authentic and comfortable fit.

Size Max. Chest Measurement Length (from shoulder)
Medium 40″ / 102 cm 33″ / 84 cm
Large 46″ / 117cm 36″ / 91 cm
X-Large 52″ / 132 cm 38″ / 97 cm
XXL 56″ / 152 cm 42″ / 104 cm

Only available in White.

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, relatively short, white linen shirt. When worn under the tunic and supertunic of the period, this shirt would have all but disappeared from view, except perhaps at the collar. 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. Much like this extant garment our shirt is quite substantial and generously sized. Made of heavyweight, 7.5 oz linen, this version of our shirt has a ‘keyhole’ neckline. For a more fitted, lighter weight version of the medieval shirt see our 14th Century Lightweight Shirt.

The shirt went through subtle, but important changes in the century that followed, as it evolved to conform to the new, closer-fitting outer garments of mens fashion. Beginning with the St. Louis shirt as a reference, we have based our shirt on contemporary artwork, to produce a garment that maintains all of the key elements of the period. Made of a heavy-weight, white linen, the body of the shirt is cut like that of the cotte and is specifically designed to be worn with it. The shirt has a keyhole neckline which can show from under the cotte and can be worn open or closed with a broach. Worn with chausses and braies, this ubiquitous shirt forms the foundational dress of medieval man, from duke to cotter.

Drawing after an early 14th century manuscript Bibliotheque National, Paris, France

Drawing after the painted ceiling of the Hall of Justice in the Alhambra circa 1354 Grenada, Spain

Drawing after Martyrology of Usard circa 1270 Bibliotheque National, Paris, France

Drawing after a detail from the Maciejowski Bible circa 1250 Pierpont Morgan Library New York City, USA

Drawing after details from Grande Heures de Rohan circa 1415 Bibliotheque National, Paris, France

This peasant begins his morning with his basic underwear. Here he is pictured in his Coif, Linen Shirt, and blue linen Chauses. He fastens a Belt around his waist.

This knight prepares for battle by donning his Shirt, Braies, and fiery red Chauses. With this stance, he is sure to strike fear in battle!

This knight is caught in the midst of dressing. They have donned their gold linen Chauses and white Braies and Shirt. Their waist is belted with a simple brown Belt, and wool Garters prevent their Chauses from falling past their knees.

This peasant is shown close up in his linen Shirt, Coif, Braies, and Chauses. He cinches his stomach with a belt for a simple everyday look.

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