a medieval minute: Did women wear underwear?

Women here are shown without underpants.

Women here are shown without underpants.

Women here are wearing underpants.

Women here are wearing underpants.


Scholars for years posited that medieval women didn’t wear underwear. This always struck me as impractical. After samples of women’s underwear were found in a castle in Austria in 2008, dating from 1480, the underwear issue has been reconsidered.
http://rosaliegilbert.com/underpants.html

These look pretty convincing to me!

These look pretty convincing to me!

This too was part of the underwear found in Austria.

This too was part of the underwear found in Austria.


I do not weigh in on this controversial issue in The Viscountess and the Templars. Yet you will find a lot of interesting things about the medieval world in the book.

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About medievalphyllis

I love history and I love writing. I've been working on an historical novel about a medieval viscountess, Ermengarde of Narbonne since 2009. It has been quite a journey and the journey isn't over. Previously I written 6 historical novels for kids, but this is a new challenge.
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