As a lover of all things medieval, not to mention someone who writes all of her stories in a time period comparable to our medieval ages, I’m continually surprised at how many people are unfamiliar with the era. It was recently pointed out to me by one of my critique partners that there are several terms in Elven Soul that younger readers may not understand. I had never considered this. One of the things I now must do in my edits before I start to querying for an agent this summer is go through and provide a brief snippet of description to follow-up the term. Now my novel gets to be educational too (yay!).
On top of including a type of definition to some of the things solely found in the medieval ages, I want to get back to doing Medieval Monday on my blog. It’s about the only thing I’m knowledgeable in, so why the hell not, you know? So, to start off MM once more, today’s word is gambeson. Yes, believe it or not, gambeson was one of the words mentioned as a word younger readers may not recognize.
A gambeson was a type of quilted jacket that could be worn alone as armor, or combined with heavier armor like mail or plate. Gambesons were made of linen or heavy wool, and had stuffing between the layers. These gambesons could be pulled over the head, but most had laces or buttons either up the front or at the sides.
Here’s an excerpt from Elven Soul dealing specifically with a gambeson:
“While an endless parade of chests filled with clothes, books, and other possessions were hauled from her room by guards, she stepped behind a changing screen and allowed herself to be dressed by the slaves. They laced up the front of her sleeveless gambeson, before helping her into the breastplate. Emblazoned on the front of it was her crest, a raven with its wings spread above its head so it encircled the sun. She’d be damned if she wore her father’s crest while in exile.”
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