Upcoming Events:

Grading and Midwinter feast.
Saturday 24th June 2017.

Archery meet.
16th July 2017.



Costuming

For many years this club's aim has been to become a more authentic and professional company so we can truly call ourselves "re-enactors" and not just another medieval type sword club.

Re-enactment means to enact and repeat something that happened in the past.  If what you are wearing or using is not from a defined time period or did not exist then it is not re-enactment.  You cannot re-enact something that did not exist!

The time period for the Company of the Dragon is set from 1250AD – 1450AD.  This can be further broken down into three sub-periods:  1250 – 1300, 1300 – 1350, 1350 – 1400 and 1400 to 1450AD.

Costuming
It is the aim of the club to look as realistic and believable as possible, real people dressed in real everyday clothing, not actors dressed in tacky costumes.

A few small traces of foreign clothing or items may be seen, such items would appear in a company of people comprised of different nationalities that has seen much travelling and service. It would be historically accurate if we were more or less uniformly dressed.

Costume
Cap
White or off white linen, high at neck and brow, tie at chin, and is not padded.

Shirt
White linen T shaped, long sleeved with or without collar, no gathering at the collar or cuff.  A 15mm max collar which ties at front of head with maximum of two ties for neck.

Hose
Coloured linen or wool cotton bias (45%) with holes or ties at the hip, sometimes stirrup or with covered foot fabric sole, no crotch or codpiece.

Underwear
Off white linen, loose fitting (like boxer shorts) in three possible lengths:
Below the knee.
Mid thigh.
Crotch level.

Tunic
1200 – 1212: Knee length, long sleeved, no braiding, 15cm split at front or left side on an angle.
1200 – 1360: Mid thigh, long sleeved, no braiding.
1360 – 1400: Quarter to mid thigh tailored fit, dagged hem, buttoned down front, minimum 20 buttons.

Hood
Coloured linen or wool 1200 – 1360 with covered shoulders and short or long tail, sometimes buttoned.  The hood may have dagged hems.

Belts
1200 – 1350:  About 45mm wide, made from leather, or tablet woven in linen or wool.
Battle or sword belts were also about 45mm wide, and in early period were tied together without metal buckles, and narrow metal stiffeners were used (optional).
From the 1300’s onwards metal buckles and plates were riveted to the leather.
1350 – 1400:  Wide belts (40-60mm) with both metal plates and buckles.

Shoes
Natural dyed russet reaching to just above the ankle (a thin rubber sole is acceptable). Several styles were in use from; length high boots to slip on shoes. Boots did not reach above mid shin until 1370.

Pouch
A stout natural cloth or dyed russet, usually leather or velvet, with a drawstring, or flap and button, and ‘T’ shaped belt loop.

Cloak
Cloaks were generally a woollen circle with an optional hood, about 1.5 – 3 metres in length.  After about 1350 they were buttoned down the front.

Surcoats
Will be supplied by the club and will be of the correct cut to suit the armour you are using.  Officers are required to supply their own surcoats.

Children
Generally children wore a long tunic reaching to about the ankles, similar to adults’ but longer.

Eating utensils
Simple knife, a two pronged fork and wooden or bone spoon.  Some common plates and bowls were a square wooden board 25 – 30mm thick and 250 x 250mm square, scooped out in the middle.