Teh Dino! (dinogrrl) wrote in little_details,
Teh Dino!

wearing gloves while dancing, Medieval/Renaissance eras

I'm actually doing a picture, not writing, but hey it's a Little Detail that's been bothering me XD.

Probably more than is needed but I feel like rambling :D.
The setting is a fantasy world, but I'm trying to base it off of the Real World as much as possible. The country in question is like a late Medieval or very early Renaissance Germany. A great war has been fought in this country by this country's knights, as well as warriors from two other countries (which are not based on Germany), since this was indeed a Great Enemy that threatened the World. Well, they've won, as the good guys usually do in such wars, so there's going to be a celebration (of course). The higher-ranking individuals of all the countries involved are going to be celebrating in the king's castle.

One particular individual in this picture I'm doing is a very high-ranking person indeed--he's the leader of the knights and basically second to the king (as that's how the ranking runs in this country). He is a knight himself (obviously) and still participates in battle, as he rather detests the thought of sitting on the sidelines and yelling orders and otherwise not being useful. Anyway. The scene I'm drawing is that at this victory celebration he ends up dancing with his daughter, instead of his wife, because she's long dead. The knight is about 50 years old, and he's of course wearing a rather formal outfit. He doesn't particularly like having to dress up but he does it because of his rank and it's expected of him.

As extra information, this celebration takes place in late spring/early summer.
Also, extra information about his daughter in case it matters:
-She's a young adult, and not married, nor is she engaged to anyone.
-She did fight in the war (due to her being a Dragon Warrior). She's not very girly and really does not like having to wear a dress to this celebration.

If it helps, here's the last scan I have of the picture. I have altered a few minor things since then but otherwise this is pretty much what I have now:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v347/Dinogrrl/dancesketch.jpg Yes, I know, scary :D;;;.
I still have the extension on his sleeve that covers the back of his hand, that'll be staying whether or not I give him gloves, though I might change how far it comes out and the shape of it and stuff.

Given the time era style I'm going for, this person's rank, and other things I mentioned above, would he or would he not be wearing gloves, at least for when he's dancing with his daughter? Does it matter? Am I totally being dumb and missing something?
I cannot for the life of me figure this out--I've seen pictures of men with and without gloves, both reinactments and period paintings/drawings. On some of the paintings/drawings I found, it's hard to distinguish if they're wearing gloves. This has been driving me crazy and is really the sole reason why I haven't done any more with this picture ;_;. I know I could just say 'yes/no, he's wearing/not wearing gloves because it's MY fantasy world!' but I'd rather not resort to that unless there's no consensus from the historical standpoint.
Tags: 1300-1399, 1400-1499, 1500-1599, europe: history, ~clothing

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