“Grendel wants a Chaucer coat.”

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.)


About Thomas Weaver

For several years, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom (editor). I'm physically disabled, and I currently live with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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1 Response to “Grendel wants a Chaucer coat.”

  1. Sounds like some fabulous afternoons!

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