Mostly I’m blogging about this because “Grendel wants a Chaucer coat” seems like a perfect title for a post. And it made ya look, didn’t it? 🙂
“Grendel wants a Chaucer coat,” said my brother a couple of weeks ago (and I understood exactly what he meant because, to quote a frog in a weird dream I had once, “It’s a strange family”), and then he and Grace spent several afternoons making medieval-style clothing while I edited a military sci-fi novel.
And now you may be wondering who this Grendel person is, and what a Chaucer coat is, and why Grendel wants one…
I mentioned that Paul is a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, right? Well, Grendel is part of his SCA persona name. (He acquired it originally as a nickname, because he tended to growl while fighting. Still does, on occasion, although he’s careful not to do so while training newbies.)
The “Chaucer coat” is a variation on a garment that Grace refers to as “Herjolfnes 63” (because that’s what the archaeologists who found the original called it). The “Chaucer coat” variation is based on a couple of portraits of Geoffrey Chaucer, like this one:
According to my clone-sibling, C. Grendel likes some colors that P. Spence does not. Grendel really likes red, for example. Grendel also likes clear greens, rather than the olive/loden tones that Paul prefers. The “Chaucer coat” is emerald green and looks as if (but isn’t, due to allergies) it’s made of a thick, well-fulled wool fabric. (Grace — I suppose I should call her Gwenllian when discussing SCA stuff — is talking about making herself a simple houppelande of the same fabric in a different color, for when her pink velvet one is too formal. The Chaucer coat is basically a knee-length, rather narrow-sleeved houppelande anyway.)