Thursday, December 31, 2009

The 12 days of Codpieces

Christmas may be over, but the revelry continues at The Raucous's quiz time! This quiz features the most famous codpieces in history. See if you can guess which king the codpiece belongs to and you could win these Swarvoski crystal earrings. The first person to guess all the family jewels correctly....wins the jewels. (sorry, couldn't resist) If there is a tie, then I will do a drawing. You can either leave your answer in the comment field or if you don't want anyone stealing your answer, then just email me at

As most royal enthusiasts probably already know, a codpiece is the covering used to shield a man's bits and was most popular in the 16th century. The Renaissance codpiece sort of looks like today's athletic cups with a bit more bling. They were first designed to provide modesty and protection, but by the end of the 16th century became far more showy. Adorned with jewels, fur, ribbon and padding, any self-respecting aristocrat would never leave their palace without their codpiece bulging to the appropriate manly proportions. The codpiece may have also doubled as a man purse for coins, small weapons, snuff and jewels. (thus the term "family jewels.")

Here are the codpieces and some hints:
Codpiece #1
Hint: How could a codpiece like this not produce a son?

Codpiece #2
hint: If only I had kept my codpiece under wraps then I might not be suffering from this nasty itchiness in my nether region.

Codpiece 3
hint: My dog adores my codpiece far more than Pope Clement VII.

Codpiece #4hint: My codpiece always matches the black and white clothing worn by my mistress.

Codpiece #5
Hint: My codpiece is dressed in black because it's my favorite color.

Codpiece #6
Hint: My codpiece is not half as crazy as me.

Codpiece #7
Hint: My left eye wandered far more than my codpiece.

Codpiece #8
Hint: My codpiece offered little protection against the spill I took down the stairs, injuring my head.

Codpiece #9Hint: Queen Elizabeth was not impressed with my poetry or my codpiece.

Codpiece #10Hint: This codpiece was so virile that it could even seduce a virgin queen.

Codpiece #11

Hint: My codpiece was as strict as my protestant beliefs.

piece #12 (my favorite)
Hint: Only an Italian could pull off the curved, red codpiece look.

Those hints should help.
Sorry, US residents only for this one.

Answers to the 12 days of Codpieces:
Number 1
Number 2
Number 3
Number 4
Number 5
Number 6
Number 7
Number 8
Number 9
Number 10
Number 11
Number 12

How did you do?


Celticlady's Reviews said...

#1 is King Henry VIII
#2 is Christopher Columbus
#3 is Emperor Charles V
#10 is Lord Robert Dudley

Well, I did not do so well, spent about 4 hours trying to figure this out!! but it was fun

Happy New Year!!!!!

Essie Fox said...

Well...what can I say! We are shocked and would certainly not have such shameful displays of debauchery here in Windsor!

Jenni Jenkins said...

Just a question to confirm -All must belong to a King correct? As specified in your question.

Bearded Lady said...

Celtic Lady - those are good answers. This certainly is not an easy one. I might have to give more hints.

The Virtual Victorian - yes, I am being so naughty this month. But it all in the name of artistic enlightenment.

Kevin and Jenni - no. sorry for the confusion. Not all our kings.

Anonymous said...

#4 Would be Henri II of France, who remained devoted all this life to his older mistress, Diane, a widow whose distrinctive styke involved involved wearing only black and white. This while having several affairs and a long, unhappy marriage to Catherine de Medici.

Olive Tree said...

Hi, it's a great blog.
I could tell how much efforts you've taken on it.
Keep doing!

Stella da Genova said...

This one was such a challenge! I emailed you my list just now...I hope I got them right. Your hints were great!!!

- Brooke