“With the onset of cold weather soon coming,I thought this was a worthy mention“- Moraldiplomat
Let’s talk about survival dress and style for our medieval outlaws of Sherwood Forest.
In the medieval era, clothes would be made of wool with a next-to-body material generally of linen. Both materials – worn in layers – are excellent to keep you warm. Perspiration reduces this effectiveness, so if you couldn’t avoid sweating for some reason and you became hot through physical exertion the correct thing to do would be to take a layer or two off until you cooled down, then put the layers back on again.
Medieval men wore a linen shirt and underclothes, a woollen coat with a hood over a coif – a tight fitting cap – on the head and also covering the shoulders and upper arms. Gloves were known – by comparison to our modern five-fingered gloves medieval winter gloves had two fingers and a thumb only or more likely looked like mittens, made from wool or padded / lined leather.
Even soaking wet wool provides a modicum of warmth. Our medieval outlaw friends, Robin Hood and his Merry Men, couldn’t wear anything else anyway, as fibers such as polyester, lycra and nylon weren’t invented and silk was both rare and too expensive for a common man when seen at market (Silk is a recommended next-to-body material for keeping warm, but rare in England for many years to come. Being an outlaw, if you couldn’t afford any silk you could always steal some).
Wool if clean and maintained is waterproof up to a point, but would not resist a downpour and shelter have to be sought. Wool can be waterproofed, but this affects the warmth it provides.
A far better and a more common waterproof for wintertime would be leather – a fatty skin taken from an animal such as a deer or a pig or a skin treated and tanned into leather and fashioned into a cloak, perhaps including a hood.
In the ballad Robin Hood and Sir Guy of Gisborne, Guy wears a capull bann for protection against the elements, the ideal period material against fierce wind and cold rain although heavy to move around in if worn. As a motorcyclist will already know, leather is still the best protection against high wind – modern fabrics only attempt to reduce the weight of the protective material and introduce breathability to avoid damp through perspiration.
Makes you feel lucky to have modern Under Armour tactical gear, doesn’t it? LOL!
Credit: Jonathan C.
*Thanks Jonathan! And Thanks to Dave Hodges for the video
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