A knight couldn’t wear a heavy suit of armour all the time. So what did he wear when he was off the battlefield and how did the clothing of the people around him reflect their social status? In this episode, Jason explores how clothes changed through the Middle Ages and how the fashion industry arguably evolved out of trade along the Silk Road.
Modern History is a series that aims to investigate the reality of the past. We’re familiar with re-enactments of history in film and television but often those recreations are dramatized and designed for entertainment and spectacle. Jason aims to investigate how accurate those portrayals may be, by trying them out for himself and looking at them from a modern perspective. Perhaps by drawing parallels between the past and our modern lives, we can better understand what life might have been like for our ancestors.