Sleeveless Doublets for archers...

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Re: Sleeveless Doublets for archers...

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I have recently been studying 11 illustrations in minute detail. Of the 151 figures in full profile only 1 was wearing any parti-coloured clothing in the form of red and white hose. These were Franco-Burgundian illustrations of builders and other workmen.

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There is parti-coloured clothing in the painting of the Seven Works of Mercy in Pickering church, good pictures here:

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Thanks for that link - I may have to go up to Pickering at some point.

Musing now on whether there is any significance to the setting or roles. They state that that scallop shell shows it's a pilgrimage to Santiago so the people in parti-clothing could be foreign but it could actually just as easily refer to St Andrews or one of the many other shrines which used the scallop shell as a general symbol of pilgrimage.

The endless quest for more information continues ;)

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The scallop shell should indicate pilgrims returning from the shrine of St James at Compostela rather than going there - pecten jacobaeus is a very distinctive and small type of scallop that could only be found around the Mediterranean and the coast of Spain, so nobody could have got away with using a scallop picked up on the beach at Folkestone. The difference is the profile of the shell's ribbing, which is quite flat in English scallops and very wavy in the Spanish type.

As you say, the scallop shape was gradually used at other shrines, but its main connection was always with Santiago de Compostela. The "general symbol of pilgrimage" was a cross rather than a scallop: "The pilgrim shall array himself and he shall oweth first to make himself be marked with a cross . . ." (Richard Alkerton 1406).
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