The short cloak, like the Roman pallium or Gaulish sagum, fastened on the right shoulder with a brooch or fibula. The cloak was fastened over the right shoulder in such a way that it could be discarded quickly, without the need to remove the brooch. By fastening over the right shoulder it also meant that the right arm was free, giving ready access to the sword.
The cloak is often referred to as a mantle, a term
that is derived from the Norman French word "manteau".
The short cloak was made from a rectangular or semicircular piece of finely woven cloth and occasionally finished with decorative braid. The cloak worn by the nobility fell into disuse shortly after the Norman Conquest.
History of clothing and
English medieval clothing
Early medieval European dress
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