Back from Pennsic and working on some new research projects that I’m hoping to release soon. Until then, I wanted to show off my Opening Ceremonies outfit from the event — a 17th Century French chevau légers.
Chevau légers were considered light to medium cavalry. In the early to middle part of the 17th Century, they often wore a cuirass worn over a buff coat or just a buff coat, leather boots, and a helmet. The helmet was often a capeline, though the French cavalry apparently were big fans of the “iron hat” — a helmet that was in the shape of the wide-brim hat that was fashionable at the time (see the photos).
These guys often liked to hide their armor beneath a cassock, but it was extremely hot & humid that day and this outfit was warm enough as it was without throwing on an extra layer of wool on top.
For weapons, chevau légers were armed with a mousqueton (a short-barreled musket), a “strong sword” and two cavalry pistols.
This was my second (and final) year as general of the East Kingdom Rapier Army. I usually wear my cuirass but decided to go with just the gorget so I could show off the shiny new “cheater” buff coat I made (more on this in a future post). This way I still felt like a general but was a bit cooler and could show off the new outfit.
(I really want an “iron hat” or a capeline now, though.)
“Exposition ‘Mousquetaires!’ au musée de l’Armée”, Ministère des Armées, 27/05/2014, https://www.defense.gouv.fr/actualites/memoire-et-culture/exposition-mousquetaires-!-au-musee-de-l-armee
French Armies of the Thirty Year’s War, Stephane Thion, LRT Editions