The description of the ‘costumes’ for the people portraying the Irishman and Irishwoman for the Christmas entertainments of Henry VIII. Hard to tell if these ‘Irish’ folk were part of the Hunt (if so, hunter or hunted?) or some other part of the masque. All footnotes are taken from original text: Loseley Manuscripts
, page 52:
A large garment of blewe and redde satten pained, con’ viij y’ds. At vj (s) viij (d) the y’d, liij (s) iiij (d), lined w(ith) black buckeram vi y’ds, iiij (s), w(ith) a hear (wig) of blacke flaxe, and a hed pece of dornix+, w(ith) by estimac’on ij (s) iiij (d), w(ith) a sword price ij (s) vj (d), w(ith) a pair of buskens of bridges satten, con’ I y’d di. at v (s) the y’d, vij (s) vj (d) in all …. lxviij (s) ij (d)
A mantele of red and blew satten paned, con’ ix y’ds at vi (s) viii (d) the y’d, lx (s), liyned w(ith) red buckeram, v y’ds, ii (s) vi (d), w(ith) a smock of yellow buckeram, con’ vi y’ds, iiij (s), w(ith) a hear of flax, worth by estimac’on iii (s) iiij(d), w(ith) a girdle of red sarcenet, con’ I q’ter y’d, xvi (s); in all, besides w’kemanship and other charges of provisio’……..lii (s) viii (d)
* It is evident from these entries that the attire of the Irish at this period wsa national and peculiar. (original editors note – not mine!)
+ Dornix, a course sort of damask made at Deornick in Flanders.
Someone with a better understanding of English coin and Latin numbers will have to work out the price on these. If you figure out the system, please let me know since I am curious as the values of the fabrics and garments in this section altogether – all of which are itemized in this text.