14th century clothing


I have recently gotten very interested in making my own medieval clothes. I have zero talent but here are some pages showing fashionable headwear from a fun book by Sarah Thursfield called ‘The Medieval Tailor’s Assistant: Making Common Garments 1200-1500’.

anonymous asked:

i'm writing a novel where one of my characters gets knighted, and i'm not sure how it goes/the knighting ceremony. everything i've googled for myself hasn't given me many answers. could you please give me some advice/help on writing an accolade??? thank you so much!

I’ve included everything I could find here, and there were quite a few detailed studies on knighthood (see below) that I hope will help you. Through these resources, you should be able to get a good idea of what was said, what it looked like, the speeches given, the steps, etc. I hope this helps! 

“Squires were usually invested as knights during one of the great feasts or holidays, like Christmas or Easter. Sometimes the ceremony took place on another special occasion, such as the wedding of a noble or royal. The king, nobles, knights and clergy or the squire’s father (if he were a knight) could confer knighthood.

The knighting ceremony usually involved a ritual bath on the eve of the ceremony (the would-be knight usually dressed in white). Then an all-night prayer vigil would begin, sometimes with the squire’s arms on the altar. The kneeling squire would swear an oath, which included some of the following points:

  • He would always defend a lady.
  • He would speak only the truth.
  • He would be loyal to his lord.
  • He would be devoted to the church.
  • He would be charitable and defend the poor and helpless.
  • He would be brave.
  • When on a quest, he would remove his armor and arms only while sleeping.
  • He would never avoid dangerous paths out of fear.
  • He would be on time for any engagement of arms, like a battle or tournament.
  • Upon returning to his home or lord’s court from an adventure, he would always tell of his escapades.
  • If taken prisoner, he would give up his arms and horse to his opponent and not fight the opponent again without the opponent’s consent.
  • He would fight only one-on-one against an opponent.
  • Then the master of the ceremony would dub the new knight on the shoulders with a sword. The knight would then dress in armor, receive his sword, mount his horse and participate in some martial games to demonstrate his skills as part of the celebration.”

You can read more of this article at: How Knights Work

Some other articles I found that I hope will help are: