Medieval Clothing and Textiles 13

June 2017
12 colour, 33 black and white, 11 line illustrations
182 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Medieval Clothing and Textiles
ISBN: 9781783272150
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Boydell Press
BIC HBLC1, 1D, 2AB, 3H
BISAC HIS037010, HIS010020, DES013000

Medieval Clothing and Textiles 13

Edited by Robin Netherton, Gale R. Owen-Crocker

The best new research on medieval clothing and textiles, drawing from a range of disciplines.
Three of the essays in this collection focus on Italy, with contributions on footwear in Lucca based on documentary evidence of the fourteenth century; aristocratic furnishings as described in a royal letter of the fifteenth century, along with its first translation into English; and Boccaccio's treatment of disguise involving Christian/Islamic identity shifts in his Decameron. The Bayeux Tapestry is discussed as a narrative artwork that adopts various costumes for semiotic purposes. Another chapter considers surviving artefacts: a detailed study of a piece of quilted fabric armour, one of two such items surviving in Lübeck, Germany, reveals how it was made and suggests reasons for some of the unusual features. The volume also includes an investigation of the commercial vocabulary related to the medieval textile and fur industries: the terms used in Britain for measuring textile and fur are listed and discussed, especially the unique use of Anglo-French "launces" in a document of 1300.

Contributors: Jane Bridgeman, Mark C. Chambers, Jessica Finley, Ana Grinberg, Christine Meek, Gale R. Owen-Crocker

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Table of Contents

The Significance of Dress in the Bayeux Tapestry - Gale R. Owen-Crocker
How Long Is a Launce? Units of Measure for Cloth in Late Medieval Britain - Mark C Chambers
Robes, Turbans, and Beards: "Ethnic Passing" in Decameron 10.9 - Ana Grinberg
Calciamentum: Footwear in Late Medieval Lucca - Christine E. Meek
"Bene in ordene et bene ornata": Eleonora d'Aragona's Description of Her Suite of Rooms in a Roman Palace of the Late Fifteenth Century - Jane Bridgeman
The Lübeck Wappenröcke: Distinctive Style in Fifteenth-Century German Fabric Armor - Jessica Finley
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An excellent collection... it provides both new information and new perspectives on studying the medieval clothing culture through a comparative and interdisciplinary approach. JOURNAL OF DRESS HISTORY

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