Dress in Anglo-Saxon England

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Based on the revised and expanded edition of 2004, this paperback is an encyclopaedic study of English dress from the fifth to the eleventh centuries, drawing evidence from archaeology, text and art (manuscripts, ivories, metalwork, stone sculpture, mosaics), and also from re-enactors' experience. It examines archaeological textiles, cloth production and the significance of imported cloth and foreign fashions. Dress is discussed as a marker of gender, ethnicity, status and social role - in the context of a pagan ...

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Overview

Based on the revised and expanded edition of 2004, this paperback is an encyclopaedic study of English dress from the fifth to the eleventh centuries, drawing evidence from archaeology, text and art (manuscripts, ivories, metalwork, stone sculpture, mosaics), and also from re-enactors' experience. It examines archaeological textiles, cloth production and the significance of imported cloth and foreign fashions. Dress is discussed as a marker of gender, ethnicity, status and social role - in the context of a pagan burial, dress for holy orders, bequests of clothing, commissioning a kingly wardrobe, and much else - and surviving dress fasteners and accessories are examined with regard to type and to geographical/chronological distribution. There are colour reconstructions of early Anglo-Saxon dress and a cutting pattern for a gown from the Bayeux tapestry; Old English garment names are discussed, and there is a glossary of costume and other relevant terms. GALE OWEN-CROCKER is Professor of Anglo-Saxon Culture at the 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. She is co-editor of the journal Medieval Clothing and Textiles.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843835721
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/19/2010
  • Pages: 428
  • Sales rank: 1,283,283
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Gale R. Owen-Crocker is Professor of Anglo-Saxon Culture at the University of Manchester.

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Table of Contents

I A historical framework 10
II Women's costume in the fifth and sixth centuries 35
III Men's costume in the fifth and sixth centuries 104
IV Women's costume from the seventh to the ninth centuries 128
V Men's costume from the seventh to the ninth centuries 166
VI Women's costume in the tenth and eleventh centuries 202
VII Men's costume in the tenth and eleventh centuries 232
VII Textiles and textile production 272
IX The significance of dress 316
App. A Old English garment-names 332
App. B A possible cutting plan for an eleventh-century gown 342
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