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Medieval Clothing and Textiles 8

Medieval Clothing and Textiles 8

Volume: 8
Copyright Date: 2012
Published by: Boydell and Brewer,
Pages: 184
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    Medieval Clothing and Textiles 8
    Book Description:

    This volume continues the series' tradition of bringing together work on clothing and textiles from across Europe. It has a strong focus on gold: subjects include sixth-century German burials containing sumptuous jewellery and bands brocaded with gold; the textual evidence for recycling such gold borders and bands in the later Anglo-Saxon period; and a semantic classification of words relating to gold in multi-lingual medieval Britain. It also rescues significant archaeological textiles from obscurity: there is a discussion of early medieval headdresses from The Netherlands, and an examination of a fifteenth-century Italian cushion, an early example of piecework. Finally, uses of dress and textiles in literature are explored in a survey of the Welsh ‘Mabinogion’ and Jean Renart's ‘Roman de la Rose’. Robin Netherton is a professional editor and a researcher/lecturer on the interpretation of medieval European dress; Gale R. Owen-Crocker is Professor of Anglo-Saxon Culture at the University of Manchester. Contributors: Brigitte Haas-Gebhard, Britt Nowak-Böck, Maren Clegg Hyer, Louise Sylvester, Chrystel Brandenburgh, Lisa Evans, Patricia Williams, Katherine Talarico.

    eISBN: 978-1-84615-973-2
    Subjects: History

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Illustrations
    (pp. vii-viii)
  4. Tables
    (pp. ix-x)
  5. Contributors
    (pp. xi-xii)
  6. Preface
    (pp. xiii-xiv)
  7. The Unterhaching Grave Finds: Richly Dressed Burials from Sixth-Century Bavaria
    (pp. 1-24)
    Brigitte Haas-Gebhard and Britt Nowak-Böck

    The burial ground of Unterhaching provides exceptional evidence of elite dress in the early sixth century. The cemetery, situated in the southern part of the county of Munich, Germany, in a geological region known as the Munich Gravel Plain, was excavated Dec. 8–13, 2004. The finds were subsequently conserved and scientifically examined by the Bavarian State Archaeological Collection, Munich, and the Bavarian State Department of Monuments and Sites.¹ The most important results already have been presented to the general public in an exhibition and in an associated popular publication.² At the time of writing, the scientific research is almost...

  8. Old Finds Rediscovered: Two Early Medieval Headdresses from the National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden, the Netherlands
    (pp. 25-48)
    Chrystel Brandenburgh

    In the early years of the twentieth century, the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, the Netherlands, obtained several textile finds from early medieval settlements in the north of the country. Among these finds were two items of headwear: a pillbox cap from Leens, which dates to between 600 and 900, and a headdress from Dokkum–Berg Sion, which recently has been radiocarbon-dated to the period 568–651. The hat from Leens was put on display for a while, was recorded,¹ and aterward disappeared in the organic storage of the museum. The headdress from Dokkum–Berg Sion was never recognized...

  9. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Imagined and Reimagined Textiles in Anglo-Saxon England
    (pp. 49-62)
    Maren Clegg Hyer

    In 934, King Athelstan paid a visit to the shrine of St. Cuthbert at Chester-le-Street near Durham. He left behind costly gifts: an embroidered stole covered in gold and two gold-embroidered maniples. These gifts are probably the three items—a stole, a maniple, and a textile known as Maniple II—later found with the saint’s body when his tomb in Durham was opened in 1827. The extant Durham pieces are important archaeological evidence confirming the skillful and beautiful textile work the AngloSaxons were known for, work also attested in textual sources. But the Durham vestments may be emblematic of more...

  10. Mining for Gold: Investigating a Semantic Classification in the Lexis of Cloth and Clothing Project
    (pp. 63-82)
    Louise Sylvester

    This article seeks to discover what we can learn about the importance of gold in the clothes and accessories of medieval Britain through a process that combines historical evidence with language analysis. It begins by considering the place of gold in the dress and textiles of medieval Britain. It then examines the terms relating to GOLD (the semantic field) in the data collected by the Lexis of Cloth and Clothing in Britain ca. 700–1450 project (LCCB).¹ It looks at the lexis and lexicalisation of GOLD, investigates how the words and phrases collected can be delineated within the semantic field...

  11. Dress and Dignity in the Mabinogion
    (pp. 83-114)
    Patricia Williams

    The Mabinogion¹ is the title given to a collection of eleven medieval Welsh tales. These are contained mainly in two manuscripts, The White Book of Rhydderch (Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales, MS Peniarth 4–5), dated ca. 1350,² and The Red Book of Hergest (Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Jesus College 111), dated sometime between ca. 1382 and 1403,³ but fragments of individual tales also appear in earlier manuscripts.

    The purpose of this article is to investigate the terms used for cloth and clothing in the above-mentioned tales and to discuss the relationships between the garments and their wearers, which the...

  12. Dressing for Success: How the Heroine’s Clothing (Un)Makes the Man in Jean Renart’s Roman de la Rose
    (pp. 115-132)
    Kathryn Marie Talarico

    Jean Renart’s thirteenth-century Roman de la Rose¹ recounts the story of the youthful German emperor Conrad, who enjoys life and does not want to settle down and marry. His minstrel tells him about Guillaume and his beautiful sister, Lïenor. Conrad falls in love at the description, calls Guillaume to court, and arranges to marry Lïenor sight unseen. A seneschal, jealous of Guillaume’s favor with the emperor, reveals a secret about the rose-shaped birthmark on Lïenor’s thigh, suggesting intimate knowledge of her. The marriage is called off, and everyone at court is greatly upset. Lïenor goes to court to prove her...

  13. Anomaly or Sole Survivor? The Impruneta Cushion and Early Italian “Patchwork”
    (pp. 133-154)

    About half an hour’s drive south of Florence lies the commune of Impruneta, a quiet town that barely rates a mention in tourist guidebooks. Since Impruneta has a long history of providing the clay used in Renaissance ceramic sculpture, the local authorities are doing their best to publicize their town by employing modern technology. The town’s bilingual Web site offers links to nearby agriturismo farms and olive oil producers, a report on “the traceability of Impruneta terra-cotta,” advertisements for nearby hotels and B&Bs, videos on the use of terra-cotta, a map of the commune, and a seven-hundred-year timeline of the...

  14. Recent Books of Interest
    (pp. 155-160)
  15. Contents of Previous Volumes
    (pp. 161-164)
  16. Back Matter
    (pp. 165-165)