Regia Anglorum – Basic Clothing Guide

Ranks and Colour Classifications
Lowest Rank
  • Undyed Wool
  • Cream
  • Full range of browns
  • Grey
  • Combinations of the above in weaves
  • Unbleached Linen (probably)
  • Faded middle rank dyes
Saxon Viking Norman Welsh
Theow Thrall/Ambatt Serfs Caeth
Gebur Frjals/Gjafar Villeins Aillt
Middle Rank

Cheap colours:

  • Weld: Yellow, Yellowy-green, Moss green.
  • Wild Madder: Salmony-pink, Orange-brown, Bleached Linen.

For slightly richer members of this rank, slightly more expensive colours:

  • More intense madder from cultivated plants
  • Woad: Blue
  • Combinations of the above, e.g. leaf green, bottle green
Saxon Viking Norman Welsh
Kotsetla   Cottars Wealthy Aillt
Geneat Bondi/ Karl Freeholders  
High Rank

More expensive cloth and imported colours:

  • All of the above with silk trimming, wimples and bonnets
  • Small amounts of kermes red (cardinal red)
Saxon Viking Norman Welsh
Eorl Jarl Comes  
Eolderman/Scirgerufa Landsmen/Gaethingar/Styraesmen Baron  
Thegn/Priest Odalsbondi/Hauld Miles/Priest Uchelwr/Breyr
High Clergy and Royalty

Most expensive colours:

  • Any of the above
  • Shellfish purple
  • Silk garments
Saxon Viking Norman Welsh
King King King  
Ætheling/Biscop   Dux/Bishop Rhi/Teyrn

For more information can be found on the dyes page.

Last updated on 19 Feb 2004.
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