So what DOES the Hot Henchman wear under his leathers?

Study this view carefully. Do you notice any tell-tale undergarment lines?

Study this view carefully. Do you notice any tell-tale undergarment lines?

Somehow the comments on a  recent post began to delve into the subject of men’s undies and what versions Mr. A favors, and then ventured into commando versus boxers vs. briefs and well–I think everyone was just giggling like a gaggle of schoolgirls by then.

The subject of just what our dear henchman, the glorious Sir Guy, wears under those rather form-fitting (and what a form!) leathers of his also arose. We certainly wish for our favorite baddie-but-not-really to have freedom of movement and be as comfortable as possible as he slinks through the castle corridors, rides his mighty steed and races (alas, in vain) to capture that deemed elusive Hood from the Vale.

We did actually get a glimpse of Sir Guy’s undies in the second season in that very memorable scene when Marian visits Sir Guy and discovers him trying on his shiny new armor in the candlelight.

In medieval times, men did wear braies as undergarments. Occasionally the show did get some historical details right.

In medieval times, men did wear braies as undergarments. Occasionally the show did get some historical details right.

Let’s take another look at them, shall we?


I am trying to study the braies themself but find my attention keeps straying to the sculpted abdominals, the perky chesticles, the buff biceps . . .  what was I saying?

I’d better dress the man again.

BeFunky_rh206_114ffffHmmmm. Not sure that helped.  OK, back to Sir Guy trying on his armor. Let’s do a GIF this time, shall we? Click on Sir Guy!


Hmmm. Let’s try dressing him again. In a GIF. Click on that slinky figure in black.


OK, I think we need a frontal view GIF, too–for thorough research.


Let’s see, where was I? . . . oh, yes. Guy. Leathers. Underwear. What fabric? Something really soft . . . wouldn’t want to chafe anything. And yet–supportive, too. Wouldn’t want any harm to come to the Gisborne jewels. Don’t suppose they had Ye Olde Henchman Jocke Straps back in the day.


He doesn’t appear to be wearing one here . . .

What was I talking about again?

I need some sleep. And good dreams . . .

Oh, yeah. Happy Guyday Friday!!

33 responses »

  1. I’ve had to go back and read that post about men’s underwear. Good lord, how the heck did I miss that?!!! Thank you Angie et al for the wonderful laugh I’ve had.
    As for Guy’s underwear, I’m afraid I’m going to have to do a lot more studying before I can come to any conclusion. 😉

    • Yeah, we had quite a time of it! LOL Never did I imagine quite that level of participation. 😉 It was fun, though. I am admittedly tired tonight (trying to get back into a routine of sleeping at least part of the night with no napping if I can manage) and between shamelessly ogling Sir Guy and trying to write coherently with a fuzzy brain, well–I didn’t make a great deal of progress with the topic at hand, really. You’ll have to let me know the results of your own studies. 😉

  2. Happy Guyday Friday, and thanks for the additional research material. Actual 12th century braies were usually linen because cotton was rare and expensive. I have seen a photograph of 14th century hose and the belt to which they were tied, but I suspect that like modern underwear, braies did not last very long, even if they were made of good linen. RH is so full of anachronisms, though, I would imagine that they took advantage of modern fibers and made Guy’s braies (in the firelight scene) of 98% cotton / 2% Lycra to get them to be snug yet comfortable and not fall down. In other scenes, I suspect modern CKs or equivalent stood in for braies. (Some actors wear pantihose for horseback scenes.) Even with powder, bare flesh next to leather isn’t comfortable. As pointed out very humourously by one fanfic writer, going commando under leather can cause a sweat rash.

    • Actually that is a somewhat later development. In the 14th century, a belt to which the hose were tied also allowed the wearer to fix the end of a diaper-like piece to the back of the belt, pass the fabric between his legs, settle his tackle into the resulting sling, and then tuck the front end over the belt in front. It was pretty quick and convenient. Women used a similar arrangement for their “rags”. In Italy, in the 15th century, they joined the hose and extended them to the waist, leaving a tied flap in front. In northern Europe, the diaper-like thing became a codpiece, which persisted even after “slops” [the blousy shorts of Shakespeare’s day] became fashionable.

  3. Crikey Angie that was priceless!! Although our forecast snow has just started and the wind is bitterly cold. I have suddenly gone very warm phew!!! Happy Guyday everyone and thanks Angie

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