Museum Replicas Limited catalog has been around for many years with swords and clothing for fans of medieval and renaissance items. Some of their items they have carried the same for years on end while others have followed current trends. They have expanded their clothing line to follow these trends as well. One of the newest lines is from the hit show The Tudors.
The line has been out for about a year and has expanded from a few outfits and jewels to include more clothing, boots, and accessories of King Henry. This is perfect for those who want to dress like a king or queen or even the king’s mistress, Anne Boleyn. The outfits are not completely period as the show itself is not either but they are beautifully made. And they are recreated with permission of Showtime itself so there is not problem with Museum Replicas selling them.
Jewels or chains of office are available as well for those wanting to complete the look they pick. You can even purchase King Henry’s jousting helmet, although it is not full size, or a letter opener with the ceremonial sword of the famous monarch. And for those who want to own the royal seal Henry VIII uses on the show, there is a paperweight of this seal. The reverse side has the seal of the pope.
There is more of King Henry’s clothing than anyone. I think with the show being about him and Anne Boleyn there would be more of her dresses. But perhaps they are harder to recreate easily since most women’s outfits back then were layers. I would caution that the dresses might not fix exactly as they say. I once purchased a dress and had to return it because while it fit the waist, it was not designed for voluptuous women and thus did not fit me. But if you want to walk around like a queen, get the gown and be the envy of many.
And if you are interested in purchasing them you can visit Museum Replicas at museumreplicas/thetudors
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If you’ve never been to an SCA event before and don’t really know anyone in the SCA, you may probably have no idea what you can wear to your first event. You might think it needs to be elaborate or expensive to work but this is not the case. Depending on what you have in your closet, you may be able to pull something out that will work easily or with slight modification. There are some things you need to be careful of in the SCA however.
Simple garb, as medieval clothing is called, is really all you need to wear. Women just need to wear a simple, long skirt and basic peasant blouse. Men can wear plain trousers, no jeans, with a peasant shirt out, not tucked in. For shoes in the SCA wear plain slippers or black boots. As a woman, you can wear a circlet with a white piece of cloth over your hiar, but make it a simple circlet. Anything ornate or with jewels and you can, and probably will, be mistaken for royalty.
You do need to be carful of a few things like belts and certain colors. In the SCA a white belt, sash, or baldric (which is a belt across the chest) is for members of Chivarly only. Red, green, or yellow belts are for students of a particular person who has been honored in the SCA for something, such as a knight. In fact, red is an indication of a squire to a knight. Chain link necklaces without ornamentation also have meaning in the SCA, so do not wear those as well.
If you do not think you have any of these things in your closet, you can make them yourselves from sewing patterns. They are not completely accurate but most people will not say anything about that. You could find someone in your group who will trade an outfit with you for some other item that you can make or get for them. Or you can even buy one from stores online. Don’t worry about it too much though. The more events you attend, the more opportunities you will have to acquire clothes.
The middle ages were a time of kings, queens, peasants, and serfs. We are fascinated by it to this day with festivals to remember the times and groups that study and relive the era. Joining such a group, like the SCA which is the largest one, can seem like fun. One of the most common areas people think of is the