Male hair styles and head gear from 1000 to 1300

Unlike in later periods men in the early middle ages don’t seem to have had any problem walking around bare headed but hats and coif win popularity as the period goes on. Men are shown both clean shaven and with full beards and the hair is either short or to the chin.

I gather pictures of head gear. I find them in illuminated manuscripts, sketches and in paintings. Some of the pictures are quite small and a bit blurred, but I thought it was important to have pictures from different sources rather than just the famous high quality ones. I gather pictures of head gear. I find them in illuminated manuscripts, sketches and in paintings. Some of the pictures are quite small and a bit blurred, but I thought it was important to have pictures from different sources rather than just the famous high quality ones.

1000’s and 1100’s

Men of the upper classes often went bare headed.

The liripipe in the form of hood and attached shoulder-length cape was worn during this period, especially by the rural lower classes, and the fitted linen coif tied under the chin appeared very late in 1100’s.

Small round or slightly conical caps with rolled brims were worn, and straw hats were worn for outdoor work in summer.

1000’s

Men seem to have gone mostly bare headed unless the hat served a purpose – such as keeping the rain and sun of your head on travel. They wear their hair either chin long or chopped close to their head. Both men with full beards and clean shaven men are shown in the pictures.

1100’s

1200’s

Hair and beard were moderate in length, and men generally wore their hair in a “pageboy” style, curling under at neck length.

Male commoners

1100’s

In the 1100’s Men would often wear a chaperon in the form of hood and attached shoulder-length cape was worn during this period and the fitted linen coif tied under the chin appeared very late in the century. Small round or slightly conical caps with rolled brims were worn, and straw hats were worn for outdoor work in summer.

1200’s

In the 1200’s hats would include a round cap with a slight brim, the beret, the coif, the straw hat and the chaperon. The coif are simple with a center seam.


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