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The study of medieval clothing and textiles has aroused great attention in recent years, as part of the growing concern in material culture as a whole; apart from its own intrinsic interest, it has much to reveal about life at the time. This exciting new series aims to offer all those interested in the subject the fruits of the best research in the area. Interdisciplinary in approach, it will feature work from the fields of social and economic history, history of techniques and technology, art history, archaeology, literary and non-literary texts, and language, while experimental reconstruction of medieval techniques or artifacts will also form a particular focus. The contents of each volume are selected to cover a broad geographical scope, as well as a range of periods from early medieval to the late Middle Ages. The journal also publishes short reviews of new books.
Topics in this first volume include Anglo-Saxon embroidery; textiles and textile imagery in the Exeter Book; the tippet; the regulation of clerical dress; and evidence for dress and textiles in late medieval English wills.
ROBIN NETHERTON is a costume historian. Her research focuses on Western European clothing between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries. GALE R. OWEN-CROCKER is Professor of Anglo-Saxon Culture, University of Manchester. She has a special interest in dress throughout the medieval period - she advises on dress entries to the Toronto Old English Dictionary and has consulted for many museums and television companies.


First Published: 23 Mar 2005
13 Digit ISBN: 9781843831235
17 black and white, 19 line drawing illustrations
Pages: 200
Size: 23.4 x 15.6
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: Boydell Press
BIC Class: HBLC1

Details updated on 05 Oct 2015


  • 1  Stitches in Time: Establishing a History of Anglo-Saxon Embroidery
  • 2  Textiles and Textile Imagery in the Exeter Book
  • 3  Pomp, Piety, and Keeping the Woman in her Place: The Dress of Cnut and Ælfgifu-Emma
  • 4  Wrapped in a Blue Mantle: Fashions for Icelandic Slayers?
  • 5  The Orientation of Strikers in Medieval Fulling Mills: The Role of the `French' Gualchiera
  • 6  Bad Habits: Clothing and Textile References in the Register of Eudes Rigaud, Archbishop of Rouen
  • 7  Forbidden Colors in the Regulation of Clerical Dress from the Fourth Lateran Council (1215) to the time of Nicholas of Cusa (d. 1464)(d. 1464)
  • 8  The Tippet: Accessory after the Fact?
  • 9  Threads Bared: Dress and Textiles in Late Medieval English Wills
  • 10  Giovanna Cenami's Veil: A Neglected Detail