Ansgar Linen Shirt

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A wide variety of characters from many historical eras would benefit from the classic style and authentic feel of the Ansgar Linen Shirt. Made from a linen-cotton blend, this historical garment is perfect for the hot days of summer. The fabric possesses both cooling and sweat-absorbing properties, creating more comfort as you get into character for LARP or reenactment. The addition of cotton also enhances the durability of the shirt. This period garment follows a classic design that goes well with many roles, regardless of gender. The long-sleeves are wide and roomy, and end with a broad wristband. A straight cut accentuates the shoulders and the stand-up collar. Cotton lacing adjusts the fit at the neck and sleeves. The lacing runs through stitched holes.

This item is handmade, therefore, it may vary slightly from what is shown above.

Key Features:

  • Classic style for both men and women
  • Lace up closure at the collar and the sleeves
  • Excellent base garment for different looks
  • Medieval apparel for LARP and reenactment


  • Made from a 50 percent linen-cotton blend

Care Instructions:

  • Handwashing this item is recommended. Do not dry in the dryer. Do not bleach. Item may be ironed on a low setting.
This is a handmade item that is measured by hand. Please allow for approximately 1-2 inches of variation from measurements shown.
Chest CircumferenceWaist CircumferenceOverall LengthSleeve LengthShoulder Width
Small42 inches50 inches28.5 inches21 inches15.5 inches
Medium44 inches52.5 inches30 inches22.5 inches15.75 inches
Large46 inches56 inches31 inches25 inches16.5 inches
X-Large48 inches60 inches34 inches27.5 inches18.75 inches
XX-Large50 inches66 inches38 inches28 inches22 inches
XXX-Large66 inches66 inches38 inches31.5 inches22 inches

3 reviews for Ansgar Linen Shirt

  1. aakuehn1 (verified owner)

    Love this shirt. It’s made from the same Linen/Cotton material combination as the Rurik Linen shirt. It’s a little closer to the material that people would have worn back then—minus the cotton, of course. The historically inspired design & the quality construction make it a good item to have for multiple looks. I ordered the Large (in Cream) since that’s what I ordered for the Rurik Linen shirt even though the Large Ansgar shirt was an inch wider in the chest. It fits very well as it is meant to look oversized & roomy, so I think an X-Large would have worked for me, too. I will use mine with a belt, but this could easily be worn without one, as well. This shirt is excellent for hot weather events with low humidity. You can feel the heat, but the air passes through the shirt so well, you do not feel like you’re suffering too much. If the humidity is as high as the temperature, then I think you’ll still be a little better off than someone not wearing this shirt. If the weather is cool, this shirt will still look good under a cloak, vest, or a jerkin. I decided to get a Burgundy shirt, too, to expand the medieval wardrobe a bit. I may also get an X-Large to see if there is much change in the fit. I will update my review if that happens. The picture on the website shows the Cream & White colored shirts having black, metal reinforcements in the holes where the laces go through at the neck & cuffs. Mine did NOT have these. Mine were reinforced with stitching, like the close-up pictures of the Brown & Green shirts. This is not an issue for me but thought others would want to know. Thank you to Medieval Collectibles for having this item available to purchase. I couldn’t really find it anywhere else.

  2. isis.luna.rose (verified owner)

    Great shirt, fit true to size. My only surprise was that the copper color is very much a true red, while I was expecting more orange/gold. It would have been nice to have a picture of more of the colors so that I could have made an informed choice there.

  3. aakuehn1 (verified owner)

    UPDATE – This is long overdue, but I STILL love this item. GREAT hot weather shirt & it looks awesome! However, it shrunk a lot when I went to wash it because I forgot it was a “Hand wash” item–even though I used cold water, a garment bag, & hung it up to dry. I can still wear it, but you can see & feel that it is noticeably smaller. I use it under my vests & jerkins now when I need a collar as a barrier between my skin & a “harder-to-clean” fabric like leather, suede, or something else that needs to be dry cleaned. It’s easier & cheaper to clean this shirt than those other materials. Apparently, even the Regular wash cycle agitation can be enough to cause the linen material to shrink. Consequently, I ended up buying an XL size to help guard against the shrinking. I hate to hand wash anything. I like wearing medieval clothing, but hate doing laundry the way they did back then. In addition to that, I now own this style of shirt in Moss Green, Burgundy, & Copper. (Burgundy & Copper do seem pretty close to each other in color) My advice is that if you are lazy (like me) & just want to toss this in the washer, order your regular shirt size or the next size up. Use cold water, a garment bag, Gentle/Delicates cycle, & air dry it. You should be good to go…even more so if you ordered the next size up. One more thing, when you first wash this item, wash it by itself alone, once or twice. The loose linen fibers & fuzz get all over EVERYTHING else in the load. (What a mess) When it’s air dried, go outside, turn it inside out, & give it a good shaking until you don’t see anything else coming off of it.

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