Monday, December 30, 2013

15th Century- Men in Tights

15th Century 
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.



  1. I never noticed the ghost in the background of the painting. Very cool. Tweeted. :)

    1. There are actually a great many ghosts, but when I shrunk the picture most disappeared.

  2. I believe the man with the stick is a klutz. He obviously got his stick stuck and now has to walk like a dunce for a while. You're right... no one dances with him. Each time he bends over to greet a young lady he hits the people behind him. I believe they are throwing him out of the castle right now... Ahhhh... yep.. There he goes!

    1. Very funny. It is possible the artist intended that fellow to be a martial arts specialist, but if you are going to use your staff as a weapon, placing it between you legs is not a good start in battle.

  3. Maybe he has a snag in his hose and is trying to hide it???

  4. I have no opinion about the man with the stick. Loved the story though, and I tweeted.

  5. Perhaps the man with the stick simply had an itch to scratch. LOL Loved this post! Lassiter would have been a great knight. My fave painting of his is the young Mr. Finch.

    1. Thanks Jenna. The kitten looks a bit crazed, but then he was ripped from his mother and given to a human. Who wouldn't be a bit crazed?


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