Full Entry, Male

800 CE Male Anglo Saxon Tunic

Title800 CE Male Anglo Saxon Tunic
Entry #GGB2021.0007
Alternate Names tunic, over tunic
Year800 CE
Time range500-900 CE
EraEarly Medieval
regionWestern Europe
MakerRichard of Wolfwood
ConfidenceImage Example


A tunic style outfit with accessories common to many early or pre medieval cultures. Under tunic, over tunic, pants with leg wraps, turn shoes and a mantled hood


Few representations survive of early garments and many fewer extant examples, however what does survive would support much of what is shown here. 

The fabric shows woven in patterns that existed across Western Europe in the centuries before 1000 CE.  The basic style of layers of tunics and pants continued from before the centuries of the Roman influence to the age of Norman England. 

A base layer of a linen under tunic may have been worn below the long sleeved wool tunic and the wool outer tunic.  This example was made from Linen for use during warm summer events. 

The pants made from striped linen cloth would have been wool in period.  The leg wraps are made from strips of wool fabric but are often woven as narrow bands.  These are also know and winingas. The shoes are an early style of turn shoe.

The hood has a wide mantle and is made from light wool.  The amber would have been a common item traded from Eastern Europe.

Inspiration Images

Common Materials

  • Fabrics:
    • linen
    • wool
  • Ornamentation:
    • Embroidery
    • Tablet woven bands

Effective Substitutions

  • Fabrics:
    • cotton
    • cotton-linen
    • linen-rayon
    • wool blends
  • Ornamentation:

Ensemble Components

  • Under tunic
  • Over Tunic

  • Pants
  • Hood


  • Belt
  • Leg Wraps
  • Pouch
  • Turn Shoes



Source of Period PicOriginally from MS 183, f.1v at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
ModelRichard Jones 020213-19
PhotographerVincent De Vere

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