27 February 2014

It’s St David’s Day on Saturday 1 March and time to celebrate all things Welsh. The Tudors were a powerful dynasty in Wales before they secured their rule over England in 1485, a period which saw the beginnings of Tudor fashion, which lasted more than a century.

Caroline Johnson’s book The King’s Servants: Men’s dress at the accession of Henry VIII takes a detailed look at what men were wearing in Henry VII’s secure years as king and how fashions changed when his son Henry VIII came to the throne. It gives details of typical garments for the era between the battles of Bosworth (1485) and Flodden (1513).

The book is usually £15 but for the month of March, The Tudor Tailor is offering a 25 per cent discount making it a spring bargain at only £11. The discount also applies to the patterns based on Caroline’s research. Patterns for an early Tudor man’s doublet, hose, jacket and coat (smaller and larger sizes) are £26 (usually £35), a bonnet is £15 instead of £20.50 and shirts are also down to £15.

Visit www.tudortailor.com/publications to find out more about the book and see www.tudortailor.com/mens-patterns for information on the patterns. The prices will be automatically discounted from Saturday 1 March until the end of the month – enjoy browsing and shopping!

Diolch yn fawr iawn! (Thanks very much!)
Picture 1 (above): Richard Knox, curator of Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre in Leicestershire, models a coat based on garments and fabrics issued by the Great Wardrobes of Henry VII and Henry VIII during the period 1498-1511; figures depicted in the Westminster Tournament Roll (1511) at The College of Arms in London; hose found at Kloster Alpirsbach in Germany (c1490-1529); and a man’s skirted coat (third quarter of the fifteenth century) which is at the Bernisches Historisches Museum in Switzerland. All of these sources are illustrated in The King’s Servants

Picture 2 (below): A Boy of the Leash was given both summer and winter liveries during the accounting year 1510-1511 at a total cost of £5 0s 2d which was paid by the royal wardrobe. The King’s Servants features many more illustrations by Michael Perry which suggest how the fabrics and other materials issued at the king’s expense were made into garments for men of different ranks – from lowly paupers to aristocratic henchmen.


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