Plunging necklines aren’t new….!

    When we think of women’s clothing in the medieval period, we don’t generally think of revealing necklines. Nay, plunging necklines! But if you go to this extremely interesting article  you’ll see some rather eye-opening illustrations. Some of these little off-the-shoulder numbers could be worn on red carpets today. Mind you, you couldn’t see… Continue reading Plunging necklines aren’t new….!

The “naughty” corpse of Henry VI….

The link below concerns an exhibition entitled ‘Costuming the Leading Ladies of Shakespeare: From Stratford to Orange County’ at UC Irvine’s Langson Library, West Peltason and Pereira drives, Irvine; The exhibition is there through to the end of September. Several amusing anecdotes are described in the article, including one about Lady Anne’s apparent effect… Continue reading The “naughty” corpse of Henry VI….

Britain’s most historic towns

This excellent Channel Four series reached part four on 28th April as Dr. Alice Roberts came to Norwich, showing streets, civic buildings and even a pub that I have previously visited, describing it as Britain’s most “Tudor” town. She began by describing Henry VII as “violently seizing” the English throne (or at least watching whilst… Continue reading Britain’s most historic towns


Queen Margaret (also known as Margrethe and Margareta) was a Scandinavian queen who died in the early 15th century. Briefly she was monarch of Sweden, Norway and Denmark and earned herself the title of ‘the Lady King.’ Her only son died young and hence her heir became Eric of Pomerania; it was her desire to… Continue reading A GOLDEN GOWN

Was Richard the big-spender on fashion? No, it was Henry….

  I must admit that the following article didn’t come as quite the surprise it should. Henry has always struck me as a man who enjoyed the good things in life, and was prepared to be lavish when he felt like it. Yes, indeed! And he enjoyed being entertained and so on…but that he was… Continue reading Was Richard the big-spender on fashion? No, it was Henry….

At last, Richard gets a smidgeon of the Renaissance credit he’s due….

English Costume from William I to George IV by Dion Clayton Calthrop, published 1937. I have just received this book, and of course turned immediately to the reign of Richard III. Dismay promptly ensued. Hump-backed Richard! Oh, natch. Then: “The axe of the executioner soiled many white shirts, and dreadful forebodings fluttered the dovecots of… Continue reading At last, Richard gets a smidgeon of the Renaissance credit he’s due….

A very interesting site for many things medieval…. Well, I may be late on the scene again with this one, and everyone out there already knows all about it, but I’ve only just stumbled over the site. I have to say it’s well worth following for all things medieval. The article about Elizabeth Woodville I found particularly informative, describing her clothes, her signature, the… Continue reading A very interesting site for many things medieval….