Men in Tights
Skirts and long dresses
(Pretty much anything goes)But I'm not here to discuss why the guy on the bottom row second to the left has a stick between his legs. Whatever I suggested would be mere speculation.
But seriously, what was the artist trying to say?
But those outfits make me understand why they wore iron suits to battle. None of the menswear says "I'm going to defeat you. Prepare to Die!"
They seem to say, 'Hello pretty lady, would you like to dance?' 'I wish to show off my well formed legs and other parts'
I'm guessing the stick guy doesn't get many dances with the ladies, no matter how much leg he shows off.
So why my interest in the 15th century?
It's when Lassier actually lived a mortal life. I wanted to see what he wore. At least this explains why he walks around in a bath towel all the time.
Lassier left his family and his wife when he was 17 and went to France where he studied under the masters and eventually became a great artist in his own right.
To be honest, he began the career just to convince women to remove their clothes, but it turned out he possessed true talent.
All too soon, his father called him back, no longer feeling himself strong enough to protect their lands and people. The time had come for Lassier to put down his brush, say goodbye to his many ladies and take charge of the castle.
Back then the Durran castle looked more like a fort than a home:
Note the small windows in the stone tower. They would be filled with archers if you came a calling. This is the pugilistic era of the 100 year war. (Seriously, who can fight that long?) and poor Joan of Arc got torched. Everyone seems in a perpetual bad mood and battles were such a constant that a good suit of armor was needed to survive.
I rather pity the armored horse. Can you imagine the weight the poor thing had to carry!
And the heat!
For the local skirmishes that Lassier had to deal with, horses were rarely armored, but the riders were and their intent was to kill Lassier and take his fine land.
However, Lassier had a secret weapon in battle. His wild ocelot, Mr. Finch, would perch on the leather protected rump of his horse and scare the bejesus out of the enemy and his horse.
Mr. Finch died while saving Lassier's life in battle.
To reward the cat for heroic efforts, Lassier buried the ocelot in the family cemetery so Mr. Finch could return as a ghost.
And return he did. While invisible to the eye, he returned with mass, claws, and teeth.
Brigands ceased to attack Lassier's lands as word spread that Lassier had invisible demons under his command that would slash you to pieces.
So unlike most men of the times, Lassier could safely modify his castle for comfort rather than war.
Thus, he closed off all those draft portals of death and put in some lovely windows so he could have sufficient light to paint.
And with each generation after him, the Durran castle continued to be built upon and modified until now, it is a work of art.
The tower to the right is all that remains of the original castle. Lassier prefers to stay in the tower on the left. The light is better and he still enjoys to paint.
Here's some of his paintings:
Gar doesn't like this painting because Lassier painted ghosts into the background.
This is Mr. Finch as a kitten and later in his battle peak of 40 pounds of pure chaos.
I hoped you enjoyed this step back into time.
And feel free to share your thoughts on what the guy second to the left is doing with that stick between his legs?
And if you want to know more about Lassier and Mr. Finch, they are prominently featured in the charming, humorous romance Ghost Lover by Liza O'Connor.