EARLY MEDIEVAL

Note - not dollshouse size

My version of the history of costume begins in 55BC, the year of Julius Caesar's first visit to Britain, which of course is not Medieval at all, but in costume terms belongs in this group where the basic item of clothing for both men and women was the T-shaped tunic.

Celts at the time of the Roman Conquest 55BC

The Chieftainess wears a plaid tunic and woollen cloak.   53 

The male Briton of Rank wears fur for warmth and braies (trousers) beneath his tunic.   45 (Limited number available at offer price) 

Both are armed to the teeth because when they weren't fighting off Romans, they were busy fighting amongst themselves.

Both Sold,  available to order without bases and lady in different fabrics.

Merlin, King Arthur and Queen Guenevere

Between the fall of the Roman Empire and the Norman Conquest is the time we know as 'The Dark Ages'. This is where the legend of King Arthur is set. These figures are my interpretation of how the main characters may have dressed, if they existed at all. Their crowns are based on those worn by the Byzantine Emperors, with whom they are contemporary. Arthur's cloak has an emblem for the house of Pendragon and he carries the great sword, Excalibur, marked with runes that translate as 'The King of England his sword'. Guenevere's gown is white satin and her red-lined cloak is 'cloth of gold'. I see Merlin in lots of flowing drapery and his long hair blown about by the winds of magic. His staff is topped with a real glass orb.

Now only 50 each    These will be the last of their kind and are in stock.

Special Offer - Buy all three together for 120 

Anglo-Saxons in 1066, the time of the Norman Conquest

The Lady wears a layered ensemble. The shorter over-tunic has wide sleeves and fine embroidered borders.   53 

The Nobleman also has embroidery on his short tunic and a cloak over one shoulder.   53

Anglo Saxon women were famous for their skill at embroidery. 

Both Sold,  available to order.

1150 in the Reign of King Stephen

The Lady has sleeves so wide they sometimes had to be knotted up out of the way to save her falling over them and her long plaits of hair could be partly false. So you see, 'Extensions' are nothing new.   63  In stock

The Gentleman has adopted the layered look previously worn by ladies.   63   Sold,  available to order.

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1190 in the reign of Richard I

The Lady wears silk for the first time in Britain - brought back home by the crusading knights. Her headdress is the start of many fantastic styles seen throughout the middle ages.    45 (one only at offer price)  In stock

The Gentleman has a tunic that is split at front and back to allow him to get on his horse.   45 (one only at offer price) In stock

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