Well, I don't know a thing about fighting, but the bodice question...
The answer is yes! Bodices most certainly did lace up the front in
mid-1500's England (Henry VIII right?). Let's see if I can find some
Pictures where you can see the laces:
If you look *very* *carefully* along the right side of the front of the
bodice, you will see pinheads, indicating that this is a stomacher pinned
over a front-opening bodice:
This is laced, but hook & eye up the front instead:
Hope these help you out!
aka Mistress Agnes Cabot, wife of Master Peter Cabot, cod merchant of
So many books, so little time
Subject: Garb Questions and more!
Okay, garb questions- Can anyone find any historical documentation
for front lacing bodices in the mid 1500's in england? and where
does one buy very very small grommets? (size 00 two peice grommets
and a setter.) i refuse to use eyelets, they irk me.
also, what does a woman fighter wear? skirts seem like a hinderance
but i'm sure a woman in pants isn't common, though i did once see a
woodcutting of a renaissance woman on a hunt in those poufy pants.
and is there a basic website that has something of a general
overveiw of different periods and cultures that one can chose a
and about what time period did light weapons fighting come into