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    Icon3 14th Century Mercenary 'Companions'

    A mercenary Companion man-at-arms, by Ian Heath, is based on Chroniques de France ou de St Denis, folio 186r, The English army
    and the Knight in the Ellesmere Manuscript of Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Huntington Library MS EL 26 C 9
    He is portrayed as having very wide quilted sleeves which may be attached to his sides or back. The rider in the Chroniques de France ou de St Denis doesn't have quilting on the sleeves and not all the garment can be seen. Baggy sleeves with tight cuffs are shown in other folios (some quilted) and can also be seen on the effigy of Heinrich Beyer of Boppard, Germany of similar date. There are very wide sleeves in Chroniques de France ou de St Denis, folio 212r, Killing of the bailiff, perhaps this type of thing is what is represented?
    Are there any other depictions of a garment like the Ellesmere Knight's, or is this a rarity?


    14th Century Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers

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