Richard the Lion Heart Plantagenet Tunic
Make your own medieval experience with this Richard the Lion Heart Plantagenet Tunic tabard.
Make Your Own Medieval tunics are made from hard wearing, heavy grade ‘linen look’ cotton, well sewn and all edges are hemmed, faced or (where it doesn’t show) overlooked. The cross is sewn, not printed onto the tabard.
Reenactors and living historians should be aware that this tunic is machine sewn.
A great addition to your wardrobe for re-enactments, SCA, LARP, cosplay and costume.
The shirt, shoes, hose and belt are not included.
The use of lions in the heraldry of the Royal Arms of England occurred in the 12th century at the start of the age of heraldry. The lion has long been a potent symbol in Arthurgianian legend of knightly virtue and strength. Such as the story of Yvain, the Knight of the Lion who has a loyal lion as a companion which helps defeat giants and fierce knights.
Lions had previously been used by the Norman dynasty as royal emblems and in France heralds historically used the term "leopard" to represent the lion passant guardant.
The first English king believed to have a single lion rampant was henry I (1100-1135) and the tradition was passed onto his Plantagenet successors. Henry II (113-1189) bore two affrontés lions and then Richard I (1189-99) who had three. The use of three lions as the kings or royal arms was continued by kings John (1199–1216), Henry III (1216–1272), Edward I (1272–1307), and Edward II (1307–1327)by kings John (1199–1216), Henry III (1216–1272), Edward I (1272–1307), and Edward II (1307–1327) until 1340.
Traditionally the three lions have come to symbolise the nation of England although according to heraldic usage nations do not bear arms, only persons do.