Medieval underwear

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  1. Aliana Iharosi says:

    I call shenanigans/sexy time travellers.

  2. Christopher says:

    It’s amazing that any of the clothing has survived, especially since discarded clothing, including underwear, was often recycled into books.

    It never occurred to me before that that explains why scholars always wear gloves when handling medieval manuscripts. 

  3. Going Medieval: Not as nasty as one would think…

  4. My boyfriend says my underwear bears an uncanny resemblance. I see no problem with this – if anything Raquel Welch springs to mind when I look at this little, archaic number…. 

  5. Shibi_SF says:

    Mens’ underpants were  string bikinis without that secret pocket in the front!?! 

  6. RevelryByNight says:

    “. . . to contain too large breasts”

    Too large for what?

  7. Greg Wobbema says:

    The material is too smooth and silky to be 600 years old.  My wife doesn’t even have panties that pretty.  LOL

  8. rattypilgrim says:

    Is this the same era when men wore codpieces which I think were designed to drop open when needed? If so, I suppose Phillip the Fair could have unloosed his codpiece and with little difficulty (those aren’t boxers) whipped out his successor maker as the need arose, shall we say.

  9. chgoliz says:

    Considering the wear pattern on the undies, it seems men have been turning their underpants inside out for centuries.

  10. rattypilgrim says:

    Seriously, folks, has a DNA test been applied to these two undergarments? Could that determine what gender the briefs were worn by. I’m thinking it’s possible men and women wore the same garment. Wait, I take that back. I think Victorian women’s were designed with an opening between the legs. Was that for easy access  or did it make using the loo a lot easier given the amount of clothing women wore? I find it really interesting how people through the ages found ways to make intimate fashion work for them that didn’t detract from their dignity despite the  harsh conditions sanitation afforded them at the time. Does anyone know of a book describing the history of (for lack of a better term) underwear?

    • Amelia_G says:

      Many books available about medieval underwear, especially if you include French and German works in your search. Recently I even found out about an Anglo-Saxon “underwear” theory of history: after cheap fabric enabled cheap underwear (late 18th, early 19th century in Europe?), the population’s health improvement was great enough to enable the takeoff in prosperity we are currently enjoying.
      (apologies if I’ve posted about the underwear theory of history to bb before; can’t remember ]{*^% but for some reason that facile theory does stick in my mind!)

      • rattypilgrim says:

        Thanks for the info. I can see how lighter, cheaper fabric would have a big impact on the health of the general population. Underwear would be easier to clean and people could own more than a few pairs.

    • chgoliz says:

      My father gave me a pop-up book about underwear through the years as a gift many years ago.  It did seem to be factually based, going back as far as ancient Egypt.

      He has an odd sense of humor.

  11. JhmL says:

    I think I saw these in a Lady Gaga video.

  12. ChickieD says:

    Wait, is that “Tuesday” I’m making out on those Medieval undies??

  13. Amelia_G says:

    Shenanigans is what I thought too, when I saw the briefs. But they were for men, you say?!

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