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Half Capes

  1. Aug 6, 2009 #1
    In "Elizabeth 2: The Golden Age", what is the name of that half cape they wear?
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  3. Aug 7, 2009 #2
    I didn't see the movie, so I can't really say. However, a pelisse is often worn on one shoulder only and could look like a half cape.
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2009
  4. Aug 7, 2009 #3

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    Was it a fencing cape? Something like this?


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  5. Aug 7, 2009 #4


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    Strictly speaking a cape - a full length cape would be a cloak.

    The Elizabethans had very strict rules on what kind of cloak you could wear for your rank, the difference between one trimmed with fox and wolf fur for instance.
    I suppose the small ones were to let everyone know you were the 2nd son of an Earl (and had better get a good table) without melting in summer.

    It also suggests that Elizabethan Maitre-d's had to be very good at mammal taxonomy!
  6. Aug 7, 2009 #5
    I meant something like this. (See attachment)

    They seem to be "fencing capes".

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