Clothing Culture, 1350-1650

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Catherine Richardson
Routledge, 2 mar. 2017 - 312 páginas
Addressing the subject of clothing in relation to such fundamental issues as national identity, social distinction, gender, the body, religion and politics, Clothing Culture, 1350-1650 provides a springboard into one of the most fascinating yet least understood aspects of social and cultural history. Nowhere in medieval and early modern European society was its hierarchical and social divisions more obviously reflected than in the sphere of clothing. Indeed, one of the few constant themes of writers, chroniclers, diarists and commentators from Chaucer to Pepys was the subject of fashion and clothes. Whether it was lauding the magnificence of court, warning against the vanity of fashion, describing the latest modes, or decrying the habit of the lower orders to ape the dress of their social superiors, people throughout history have been fascinated by the symbolism, power and messages that clothes can project. Yet despite this contemporary interest, clothing as a subject of historical enquiry has been a largely neglected field of academic study. Whilst it has been discussed in relation to various disciplines, it has not in many cases found a place as a central topic of analysis in its own right. The essays presented in this volume form part of a growing recent trend to put fashion and clothing back into the centre ground of historical research. From Russia to Rome, Ireland to France, this volume contains a wealth of examples of the numerous ways clothing was shaped by, and helped to shape, medieval and early modern European society. Furthermore, it demonstrates how the study of clothing can illuminate other facets of life and why it deserves to be treated as a central, rather than peripheral, facet of European history.
 

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General Editors Preface
List of Abbreviations
The Cultural Significance of Costume Books in Sixteenth
Foreign Clothes on the English Subject
Tomb Effigies and Archaic Dress in SixteenthCentury Ireland
The Formation of Russian Womens Costume at the Time before
Fabrics Signals and Experiences
Clothing the Naked in Late Medieval East Kent
Clothing Distributions and Social Relations c 13501500
Fashion Finance Foreign Politics and the Wardrobe of Henry
Discourses of Clothing Culture in Early
The Clothing
Event
The Torn Garment and the Medieval Self
The Body and Acts of Exposure in Early
Bibliography

Dress Nudity and Calvinist Culture in SixteenthCentury France
Social Fabric in Thynnes Debate Between Pride and Lowliness

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Sobre el autor (2017)

Catherine Richardson is lecturer in English and History, and Fellow of the Shakespeare Institute at the University of Birmingham.

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