In St. Louis, where can I find the clothes that the knight in "The Knight's Tale" of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales wore?This is in "The Prologue" of The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer. I need to...

In St. Louis, where can I find the clothes that the knight in "The Knight's Tale" of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales wore?

This is in "The Prologue" of The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer. I need to dress up like the character, and I was wondering where to find stuff, like at a thrift store or something of that sort.

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Noelle Thompson eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Ha!  What a great question!  Glad to hear that your teacher is encouraging you to play dress-up.  You can see that I'm a big fan of that (if you check out my profile picture).  The Knight in The Canterbury Tales is described in "The Prologue" as not being "gaily dressed.  He wore a fustian tunic stained and dark / With smudges where his armour had left mark."  So my suggestion is to get a knight helmet, leg armor, and arm armor and then just wear a dirty old brown sheet over your body.  That would suit.  The cheapest way out would be to use tin foil to make your helmet, leg armor, and arm armor.  However, if you want to be more “spiffy” . . . In St. Louis, Missouri, there are two really good places to buy or rent costumes.  One is called Gibbol's Novelties and Costumes at 811 N 2nd Street, Saint Louis, MO 63102 with the telephone number of (314) 621-3660.  Their website is www.gibbols.com.  The other place is called Finale Costumes at 5500 S Kings highway Boulevard, Saint Louis, MO 63109 with the telephone number of (314) 353-2202.  Either place should have a decent selection of "knight" clothing, which is a common theme of many costume parties.  Any kind of knight attire would be fine for dressing up in Chaucer's time.  I would suspect that your teacher isn't going to be too picky about particulars.  However, make sure you include that dirty brown sheet, okay?  That will show that Chaucer's knight is true to form.  Good luck!

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