Medieval History Term of the Week: Tabard

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Outer garment made of coarse material worn coat-like by peasantsand ordinary town dwellers; later, c. 1420–50, worn as an open garment by aknight over his armour and displaying his armorial bearings.

*Source: A Dictionary of Medieval Terms & Phrases by Christopher Coredon with Ann Williams

From the prologue of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales:

In a tabard he rood, upon a mere.
Ther was also a Reve and a Millere,
A Somnour and a Pardoner also,
A Maunciple, and myself, ther were namo.
The Millere was a stout carl for the nones,

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