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The Black Prince’s jupon recreated….

Black Prince's Funeral Achievements

The BBC is renowned for its amazing documentaries, and one of the latest series is titled A Stitch in Time, in which fashionable clothes from the past are recreated by modern crafts. The episode that really interested me was the one about the Black Prince’s jupon, i.e. the tight-fitting, brightly-coloured tunic he wore over his armour. The original was for centuries displayed above his wonderful tomb in Canterbury Cathedral, but as it was slowly disintegrating, a replica put in its place.

Amber Butchart, the programme presenter, was permitted to see the original, which is rarely exposed. It was sadly faded, and gave no idea at all of what it must have looked like when worn by the Black Prince. The replica gives more of an idea, because it has colours, but even so…how did Edward of Woodstock, Prince of Wales, appear when wearing it?Black Prince

The programme had included armour as well as the recreation and stitchwork of the new replica, and at the end we were treated to a view of the finished garment. It was absolutely fabulous, and so brilliant that only a prince or a king could have possibly have worn it. I have snipped the following picture from the programme, and it doesn’t do justice to the completed jupon, which was astonishing—breathtaking—and a feast for the eyes.

Black Prince - Recreation

I cannot speak for the rest of the series, but for me, this episode alone made it all worthwhile. Recommended viewing!

 

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3 thoughts on “The Black Prince’s jupon recreated….

  1. Rhona Wyer on said:

    A Stitch in Time was lovely except for the fact that the programme was too short, in most cases I could have watched a few hours of them deciding how to and then recreating costumes from paintings. Excellent clever stuff. If you have seen none then do watch them recreating the old hedge cutter’s coat, delightful.

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  2. Peter B Krarup on said:

    What significance is the silver tapes on the jupon and shield?

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  3. viscountessw on said:

    They are marks of cadency, Peter, and in this instance indicate that the Prince was Edward III’s firstborn son. The marks differed slightly for each of the king’s sons. You can see illustrations at https://rarebooks.nd.edu/digital/heraldry/cadency.html and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadency#England
    Hope this helps.

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