Sunday, October 12, 2008

Question from Will - Outfit of an executioner


Can someone please tell me what outfit an executioner wore as i need to make one for school and all the pictures i have found only show the hooded head. Thank you



7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although probably not historically accurate, I'd say you could probably go with the idea that Hollywood came up with...the hood, leggings, and a relatively fitted tunic.

You must remember, freedom of movement would have been essential in hefting around a large axe. But also the worker wouldn't have wanted his clothes to be too loose, in case they got caught-up in his swing.

Putting on a large apron was probably part of the work-a-day wear for an executioner, also. Especially if he was married. Can't you just hear the comments now from his wife after a day of chopping???? (wink)

Tracey

October 13, 2008 4:30 AM  
Anonymous Kathy said...

Executioners weren't the highest level of society. They would just have had the basic Tudor era work clothes for men -- a linen shirt and pants. I think the only item we know of they had that was different was a mask that fit closely over their heads with eye openings.

(BTW, Tracey hope you see this: you don't need to post as anonymous .... when you post, click on the Name/URL button. It will change to allow you to post with your name ....

October 13, 2008 5:16 PM  
Anonymous Tracey said...

Thanks, Kathy!

October 13, 2008 6:47 PM  
Anonymous Kathy said...

Tracey, good to see you as yourself! *high fives*

October 13, 2008 7:15 PM  
Anonymous Olivia said...

all black, no doubt, and a black hood to conceal identity. i've seen some movies and pictures with executioners with just what looks like a peice of black cloth rolled up with holes for eyes. i agree with "anonymous" for the most part.

October 14, 2008 2:37 PM  
Blogger Foose said...

Will you be a French executioner or an English one? If French, you must accessorize your outfit with a sword. If English, you can have the traditional axe. Henry VIII imported a French one to cut off Anne Boleyn's head. No word on how honest English executioners felt about this.

October 15, 2008 3:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anne
If you go into The life and death of Anne Boleyn I think there is a picture of the executioner.

October 19, 2008 5:01 AM  

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