April 1st 1642

A Continuation of the Triumphant and Couragious Proceedings of the Protestant Army in Ireland.

It may be an April fool, but this is a tricky image to date. It appears in several publications and at first sight looks a little dated for the 1640s, with the baggy breeches and stiff collars, though it may be a representation of the trained bands of London who often drilled in their best, possibly slightly old fashioned clothes. However, as has been pointed out on several occasions since I posted the image, their breeches do look like German pluderhosen of the period, not standard English breeches.

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One Comment to “April 1st 1642”

  1. Interesting! They look more than simply old: aren’t those German-style pluderhosen? I don’t think they were fashionable at any time in Great Britain.

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