14th c. Wool Men’s Cotehardie

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14th c. Wool Men’s Cotehardie

$414.95

    • Based on contemporary medieval artwork(see Historical Inspirations below)
    • Authentic lines for comfortable, distinguished look
    • Also available made in reversible Linen or Brocade
    • 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
    • If you would like to order this in one of our patterned wools – use that selection in the drop down and specify which pattern(from the swatches below) in the notes of your order.
    • Can be custom ordered in any color combination as a Parti-colored +$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
    • This style is made to order so please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery
    • 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. Men's Cotehardie

Our men's cotehardie is based on contemporary artwork, specifically the splendid examples in the Lancelot du Lac manuscript (circa 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 cotehardies 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: short and closely fitted, with a long torso and a flare at the hips. There is a short, standing collar, distinctive to the last quarter of the century. The arms have a grand assiette arm-hole and 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 gives the garment a particularly distinctive, and dressier, look.

The Lancelot manuscript depicts 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 using other contemporary design elements to provide a more comfortable fit. One alteration is a small slit in the side seam of each hem, allowing a greater freedom of motion when sitting or walking. Similar examples can be seen in a variety of French, English and Italian sources, such as the Epistre au roi Richart of Phillipe de Mezieres (1395), and illustrated in the manuscript il Fior di Battaglia of Fiore dei Liberi (1409). The most notable example, and one of the earliest, is the surviving cotehardie or "pourpoint" of Charles of Blois (circa 1364).

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Size Chart

Note: our 14th century men’s cotehardie is somewhat fitted so use both chest and waist measurements to determine your size.

Size Max. Chest Measurement Max. Waist Measurement
Medium 36″ / 91 cm 35″ / 89 cm
Large 41″ / 104 cm 40″ / 102 cm
XLarge 46″ / 117 cm 45″ / 115 cm
XXL 51″ / 129 cm 50″ / 127 cm

Wool Colors:

Red, Burgundy, Royal Blue, Hunter Green, Purple, Black

Dark Brown, Camel, Patterned Wool  (email , call or text us (708) 502-1937) with any questions about available patterned wools)

Our men’s cotehardie is based on contemporary artwork, specifically the splendid examples in the Lancelot du Lac manuscript (circa 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 cotehardies 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: short and closely fitted, with a long torso and a flare at the hips. There is a short, standing collar, distinctive to the last quarter of the century. The arms have a grand assiette arm-hole and 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 gives the garment a particularly distinctive, and dressier, look.

The Lancelot manuscript depicts 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 using other contemporary design elements to provide a more comfortable fit. One alteration is a small slit in the side seam of each hem, allowing a greater freedom of motion when sitting or walking. Similar examples can be seen in a variety of French, English and Italian sources, such as the Epistre au roi Richart of Phillipe de Mezieres (1395), and illustrated in the manuscript il Fior di Battaglia of Fiore dei Liberi (1409). The most notable example, and one of the earliest, is the surviving cotehardie or “pourpoint” of Charles of Blois (circa 1364).

Our cotehardie 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 cotehardie can be worn alone over a linen shirt, or beneath a houppelande. Revival cotehardies are available in linen – the ubiquitous fabric of medieval Europe -, Wool, and Brocade for the man of means. All edges are finished or fully enclosed, improving both aesthetics and durability.

Drawing after tombs erected to two of Edward III’s children who died in infancy circa 1325-1350

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

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

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

This Lord dons a dark green patterned wool Cotehardie, with burgundy Simple Hose. He tucks his hose into black Ankle Boots. Hidden beneath his outer layer of clothing are his Slim Cut 14th Century Shirt, and Braies.

This Lord goes for a stark contrast in black wool Cotehardie and brown Tall Boots. Hidden beneath his cotehardie are his Slim Cut Shirt, and his burgundy Simple Cotton Hose.

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