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A tabard is a type of short coat that was commonly worn by men during the late Middle Ages and early modern period in Europe. Generally worn outdoors, the coat was either sleeveless or had short sleeves or shoulder pieces. In its more developed form it was open at the sides, and it could be worn with or without a belt. Though most were ordinary garments, often work clothes, tabards might be emblazoned on the front and back with a coat of arms (livery), and in this form they survive as the distinctive garment of officers of arms.


The tabard was originally a humble outer garment of tunic form, generally without sleeves, worn by peasants, monks and foot-soldiers. In this sense, the earliest citation recorded in the Oxford English Dictionary dates from c.1300.


By the second half of the 15th century, tabards, now open at the sides and so usually belted, were also being worn by knights in military contexts over their armour, and were usually emblazoned with their arms (though sometimes worn plain). 




Men´s Surcoat

In the 15th century, once suits of plate armour became common, the surcoat was phased out of use. This period in the history of armour development, in which surcoats became increasingly rare, is referred to as the "surcoatless period" (1420-1485).


Women's surcoat

Women began wearing surcoats during the 13th century, both with and without sleeves. A particular style, known as the sideless surcoat, developed as a fashion in the 14th century. This was a sleeveless, floor-length garment featuring exaggerated armholes, which at their most extreme were open from shoulder to hip, revealing the gown underneath. The narrow strip covering the torso, known as the plackard, was usually no more than a foot wide. The style drew criticism from some moralists, who thought the garment drew an inappropriate amount of attention to the female body. Despite this, sideless surcoats continued to be worn as ceremonial dress well into the 15th century, long after they had ceased to be fashionable. Some estimates place them being worn as state apparel as late as 1525. 

Knight Black Tabard Knight Black Tabard
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Medieval Armoury´s Knight Black Tabard is a classic bestseller for your medieval or larp needs. Beatifully designed and manufactured with 100% cotton, this tabard is  very comfortable, and gives you alot of space to move. It can be used with or without a belt.This tabard style is well imag..
59.90€
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Knight Hospitaller Tabard Knight Hospitaller Tabard
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Medieval tabard from the Knights Hospitallers. The sleeve can be white, natur or black according to your needs or preferences.Medieval tabard made of 100% Cotton and manufactured in Spain.The cross is embroied and implemented on the tabard. Also manufactured in 100% Cotton.The Order of Knights ..
89.90€
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Knight Tabard, Bicolor Knight Tabard, Bicolor
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Black and white cotton Knight tabard.The tabard has no sleeves and can be made in white, black, or bicolor depending on your needs or preferences.Made in Spain, this medieval tabard is made entirely of thick cotton...
59.90€
Ex Tax:49.50€
Knight Tabard, Black Knight Tabard, Black
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Black cotton Knight tabard. It can be used with a shirt or on top of a gambesón.The tabard has no sleeves and can be made in 7 diferent sizes,  depending on your needs.Made in Spain, this medieval tabard is made entirely of thick cotton and its perfect for recreation or larp characteres...
49.90€
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Knight Templar Tabard Knight Templar Tabard
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Medieval tabard from the Knights Templars. The tabard is sleeveless and it can be manufactured in white, black or bicolour, according to your needs or preferences.Medieval tabard made of 100% Cotton and manufactured in Spain.The big templar cross is embroied and implemented on the tabard. Also ..
59.90€
Ex Tax:49.50€
Knight Templar Tabard, Bicolor
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Black and white cotton Knights Templars tabard.The tabard has no sleeves and can be made in white, black, or bicolor depending on your needs or preferences.Made in Spain, this medieval tabard is made entirely of thick cotton.The large templar cross is embroidered and sewn onto the tabard. Also manuf..
69.90€
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Knight Templar Tabard, Black
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Black cotton Knights Templars tabard from the Middle Ages.The tabard has no sleeves and can be made in white, black, or bicolor depending on your needs or preferences.Made in Spain, this medieval tabard is made entirely of cotton.The large templar cross is embroidered and sewn onto the tabard. Also ..
59.90€
Ex Tax:49.50€
Medieval Custom Tabard Medieval Custom Tabard
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Fully customizable Medieval or Larp Man CostumeSizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL, 3XLAvailable colours :Black with White borderWhite with Black borderGarnet with Black edgeWhite with Red borderBlue with Black borderMaterial: 100% CottonMade in SpainThis costume can be customized according to your needs. Any c..
69.90€
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Medieval Tabard Richard Medieval Tabard Richard
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The Medieval Armoury´s Tabard Richard is ideeal for all of your medieval or larp requests. Beatifully fabricated in Spain with 100% cotton, this tabard is very comfortable, it allows you full freedom of movements while protects you from the weather, may it be sun or rain. It can be used wi..
79.90€
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Quartered Medieval Tabard, Black/Green Quartered Medieval Tabard, Black/Green
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Medieval quartered tabard in black and green colours.Black and Green colours were used in medieval tabards in the Middle Ages beeing green for rebirth, life, everlasting life, nature, and spring and black for death, mourning or power.Made in Spain, this medieval tabard is fabricated in 100% cotton.T..
54.90€
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Sleeveless Medieval Tabard, Black/Green
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Sleeveless medieval quartered tabard in black and green colours.The tabard has no sleeves and it can be used above your chainmail armour.Black and Green colours were used in medieval tabards in the Middle Ages beeing green for rebirth, life, everlasting life, nature, and spring and black for death, ..
54.90€
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