Required Armour and Costume
Armour and Costume time period specifications.
At our event we cover the time period of 1380 - 1415 we are particular that all armour and costumes are authentic to those periods.
Azincourt Museum directive 2012
All costume must period correct time period 1380 - 1415 armour and costume only, no exceptions will be made, we will ask during your registration for a picture of you wearing the costume and with any equipment you will be using.
A list produced by the museum is shown below, we have also provided images below as examples. Please refer to these when selecting costume.
1 pair of linen braies
1 pair of woollen hose (separate)
1 linen chainse
1 jupon or doublet (without "mahoitres" puffed shoulders) preferably of wool or a coat
1 leather belt with historically compatible buckle and mordant
1 pair of historically compatible shoes with buckles
Female: To come...
Military costume: (minimum equipment)
1 head and neck protection
basinets (of mezail, breteche, bulb, klapp-visor,must be worn with harness)
archers’ sallets (primitive, without visors)
sallets with visors
1 body protection (at least a thick or padded jacket, without "mahoitres" puffed shoulders)
1 hand protection (Hourglass type)
NOTE: - WATER CARRIERS MUST BE EQUIPPED WITH HEAD PROTECTION!!!
VISIBLE NON-RIVETED MAIL IS UNAUTHORISED
SHIELD MADE OF METAL OR WITH A METAL EDGE IS UNAUTHORISED
Offensive and defensive weapons for fight
All historically compatible weapons <<blunted>> for the period 1370-1415 are authorised except:
flails and their derivatives (chain weapons)
Hotplates, refrigerators or other contemporary materials for the purpose of the preparation and conservation of foodstuffs and drinks are accepted as long as they are not visible to the general public.
From this year trestles and seats (benches and other stools) not historically accurate (even covered with sheets) are no longer authorised.
Examples of Civilian costume
Brasses of knights and their ladies
Sir John de la Pole & Joan, Lady de la Pole c.1380
|Sir Henry English & Margaret,
Lady English c.1393
|Sir John Hauley and
his two wives
Joanna & Alice c.1408
Edward Dalyngrigge & Elizabeth, Lady Dalyngrigge
Sir John Cressy & Christina, Lady Cressy c.1414
|Thomas, Lord Camoys & Elizabeth Mortimer c.1421|
There will always be debate on what exactly what armour was worn and for what purpose as such we have decided to let history do our judging. Below are examples of original, replica, effigies and brasses of armour which have been collected together to show styles which will be acceptable.
Let us start with the year 1380, the middle example below although slightly early (1376) it is typical of the armour from that period. It is an image of the effigy which can be found on the tomb of Edward of Woodstock, Prince of Wales "The Black Prince" and son of King Edward III. He died in 1376 and was interned at Canterbury Cathedral, the style of armour is perfect as an example of the late 14th Century.
14th Century Armour
Prince of Wales
"The Black Prince"
|Early Fifteenth Century Armour
Further examples through time are shown below, as you can see there are major transitions between c.1405 and c.1410.
|Sir Robert Swinbourne (d.1391)||Sir John de Saint Quentin (d.1397)||Sir Nicholas Dagworth (d.1401)||Sir Thomas Massingberd
|Sir John Wilcotes
|Sir Simon de Felbrigge
Fought at Azincourt 1415
|Sir Thomas de Saint Quintin c.1420||Sir John Leventhorpe (d.1433)|
With regard to appearance the helmet and gauntlets are the major give away for groups who operate in a different time period and wish to attend Azincourt, our first request is if you are not sure what you need to wear ask us. We will not be offended and taking advise before buying new kit to attend can save you lots of money. Taking photographs and sending them to us of your current kit will help us to advise how best to change it, should that be the case
Below are some helmet and gauntlet designs to start you off.
|Various styles of Bascinet Early 14th to Mid 15th Century.|
|Various styles of Great Bascinet Mid 14th to Early 15th Century.|
|Various styles of Great Helm Early 14th Century to Mid 15th Century.|
|Various styles of Hourglass Gauntlets used throughout 14th into 15th Century.|
|Various styles of Chapeau de Fer, Kettlehelms 13th and 14th Century.|
Document updated 28/06/12
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