54 – What Not To Wear: In The Dark Ages

Clothing... we all wear it. Well, most of us do. And in this episode we're going to learn about what sort of clothing people were wearing in Britain during the Middle ages.

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  18 Replies to “54 – What Not To Wear: In The Dark Ages”

  1. Joe
    September 14, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    I’m about to listen to this podcast, but as a carpenter, I would love to hear about the construction of the feasting hall, and about medieval construction in general.

    • September 14, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      Fair enough. :)

      Do we have any other votes for a construction-ish episode?

      • Cortney
        September 15, 2012 at 2:24 pm

        I second that!

        • Zee
          September 17, 2012 at 2:45 pm


    • Eileen H.
      September 18, 2012 at 5:22 pm


    • richard thomas
      September 21, 2012 at 8:12 pm

      I would definitely like to hear about construction in this period!

  2. Kathy Carroll
    September 14, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    The feasting didn’t do it for me. I know this is a very tough time to cover. But I’ll be glad to move on. I so appreciate you sense of humor and wisecracking, and I didn’t get as much during the three episodes.

  3. Don Knutson
    September 14, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Are you planning to discuss the Viking invasions? As a Norwegian, I must have had a long ago relative or two in one of these bands of marauders.

    • September 14, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      Yep! And the Danelaw that followed!

    • Sue
      September 14, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      Clothing sounds very interesting.

  4. Peggy Sue McRae
    September 14, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    I’d be interested in construction/architecture especially in the context of other craft and art forms of the time. But I confess… Viking raiders sounds exciting!

  5. Jordan
    October 29, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Hi Jamie,

    Have you ever heard about the clothes discovered here?

    I imagine they must be very similar to the clothing worn in Britain at the time.

    • October 29, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      That’s really interesting! I’d never heard of them, thanks for sharing!

  6. jen
    October 29, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Apart from the feasting, which we can all agree is a good thing, I wonder if there is information about nutritional status at the time. Were people generally well fed, or were the majority malnourished? Were there major vitamin deficiencies? Somebody has probably examined remains from the time and looked for signs of major vitamin deficiencies, general calorie status etc.

  7. Sharron
    July 1, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    I am very late to the game. However, regarding ladies going commando. If you have ever worn a long dress with lots of petticoats, you would understand how difficult it is to go to the bathroom. Going commando is the easiest and least messy way to do this. Ask your wife. Ha.

  8. Kristen Radley
    March 16, 2017 at 4:53 am

    Pee question: if they collected pee for various clothes, does that mean that they had different chamber pots for number 1 and number 2?

  9. Taylor Skye
    July 16, 2018 at 6:11 am

    So I’m pretty late to the party but I studied costumes in university which is just a fancy way of saying that I did a lot a research on historical clothing… anyway the reason men would wear short pants with leg wrappings was so that they could basically wear capris in the warmer weather and the “leg warmers” in the winter. This way they could wear the same pants all year around or they might have outgrown pants that had fit them at full length before. And even if your pants got to small for whatever reason the leg wraps were adjustable by design and you could never outgrow them/ wear them for years.

    • July 16, 2018 at 7:26 am

      Awesome! Thanks for filling in that detail for me. :)

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