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Trivia Answered

No takers? Well, it was a hard one when I asked:-

"There is a coronation mantle called a Pluviale which was constructed c.1133A.D., features over 100,000 pearls, was worn by more than 47 rulers, and is still in existence today. Who was it originally made for?"

The answer was Roger II, and more information about the textile trove, including mantle, shoes, and repair kit, can be found here. For now here are a few more pictures, just to whet your appetite.


  1. Aw! When I read the question my brain went immediately to Roger II of Sicily's coronation mantle, but I'd never heard it called the Pluviale.

    1. So close! I always do that myself; wish that I had given the answer I thought it was, because half the time it's right.

  2. I found the cloak, but did not find the name of Roger ll
    Katie atBankerchick Scratchings

    1. Well, it's still a pretty great find to locate the mantle. I mean, just look at all of that detail!


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