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02-27-2006, 12:30 PM
I am seeking information as to the the proper color of robes for a French monk in the Feudal and Medieval period. I did some research which indicated that the Benedictine Monks MAY have worn black, but one also sees lots of monks in reddish brown robes??? Any thoughts or references? Thanks, Terry
Paul A. Hannah
02-27-2006, 02:13 PM
Benedictine monks would have (and still do) wear black robes. Monks of the Franciscan order would be in the reddish brown, and with the characteristic ring of hair on their heads.
02-27-2006, 04:27 PM
As Paul said, Benedictine monks wore black. The Franciscans wore brown or gray robes, but I have never been able to find a date or circumstance for the change. Also in France at this time were Cistercian monks. They wore white robes with black scapular. (Sort of full length apron that hung in front and back. One is shown in this picture.) (http://2002.ideafestival.com/images/Bios/brother-paul.jpg)
Nearly all european monks of the time would have had the top of their head shaved, or 'tonsure.'
02-27-2006, 07:31 PM
In the Old Glory 15mm Crusader series are Monks and Pelgrims. Some of the pelgrims even have a tonsured hair style, so can be used as acolytes. I have used many of these with my city standards, leading my hordes, or on the same base with the mounted CinC. They are all on foot, however, I would like to find one mounted on his ***.
Any suggestions would be welcomed.
02-27-2006, 09:46 PM
I have one monk figure that I am going to put on my camp followers stand, and also am considering a stand of fighting monks as spears. Looks like I could go either way - black or reddish brown. Terry
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