Crusader Tabard St George Cross
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Make your own medieval experience with this Saint George crusader 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.
Shoes, belt and hose available separately.
Also available is the matching tunic, gloves and helmSt George is the patron saint of England and among the most well-known Christian figures.
Variations of the red cross on white symbol have been used since the beginning of the 12th century and were first associated with the Knights Templar and the city of Genoa. The symbol was later adopted at various times by French, German and English troops as well as the states of Aragon,Jerusalem and Holy Roman Empire.
This style of red cross on white is called the Saint George cross.
The image of Saint George as a crusader wearing a red cross on white first appears in the 13th century and grew in popularity during the 14th and 15th century. Before this time the red and white cross motif was not widely associated with Saint George
It is believed that Saint George became widely venerated as a warrior saint during the third crusade after several miracles were attributed to the saint. The popularity of the Saint has been attributed to the popular belief that Richard the Lionheart adopted the flag and placed himself and his army under the Saints protection during the crusades. However, there is significant disagreement to the historical accuracy of this belief with recent evidence being found that the story was a legend invented for political purposes at the Tudor court.
The use of the red cross and white flag has a long history in England and was first adopted by the English ships entering the Mediterranean to benefit from the protection of the Genoese fleet who also used the flag. Later during the late 13th century the symbol was adopted for English soldiers uniforms from the early years of the reign of Edward I.
It was not until the 14th century that Saint George rose to the position of "patron saint of England" when Edward III chose Saint George as the patron saint of his new order of chivalry the Order of the Garter in 1348, and proclaimed st George the patron saint of England.
The flag later became the flag of England and the White Ensign of the Royal Navy.
The tunic is XXXL Extra large in size and is 125 cm long and has a 160 cm chest size. Large enough so that it can be worn over armour and gambesons and has a slit up the front to allow for movement or horse-riding and has a faced keyhole neckline. Wear it as it is or make it yours by adding embroidery, trim or applique.