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Burgundian Costume Here we see the ideal Burgundian couple in their courtly garden from Pavilion Books A Medieval Flower Garden page 53 Their source Giraudon Biblioteque de l Arsenal Paris MS 5072 f 71 v Being a study of women s formal dress of Northern Europe especially Burgundy and Flanders in the later half of the 15th century By Lady Lyonnete Vibert Marie Vibbert When I first joined the SCA my friend Li said to me recently one of the first things they told me was pointy princess caps didn t really exist I can understand the motivation of her early erroneous tutor From Star Trek to The Wizard of Id any time a medieval woman is portrayed without an effort for authenticity she wears the tall pointed cap usually with a short veil pinned to the tip Little girls don them at renaissance fairs complete with pink stars and flowers flowing like a fountain from their tips and elastic chinstraps to hold them on The fashionable dress of the later 15th Century has become iconographic with our modern idea of medievalism Such popular portrayal largely inauthentic has linked it with the reenactor s idea of bad medievalism It is easy to see why this style has maintained such a presence in public consciousness it is an enigmatic singular style that captures attention and was depicted in paintings and drawings past its time of popularity Illustrations from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that hoped to recall the glory of the tournament age take their images not from the early sources but their 15th century copies and so the contemporary dress of the late middle ages becomes the iconographic dress of Arthurian legend and the chivalric epic Thus a long tradition of tertiary depiction of Burundian costume began clouding and obfuscating the record to this day 1 more bad conjecture than actual evidence This is not to say that good resources do not exist This paper if anything is a condensation of the greater works of talented and dedicated costume and art historians to whom I



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