Dress in Anglo-Saxon England
by Gale R. Owen-Crocker
Editor: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
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Based on the updated and expanded edition of 2004, this pocket book is encyclopedic, studying the English language dress from the fifth to the eleventh centuries, drawing the evidence of archaeology, text and art[manuscripts, ivories, ironwork, stone carving, mosaics], and also from reconstructors of the experienceHe examines archaeological textiles, fabric making and the importance of rag imports and foreign fashionThe dress is approached as a marker of gender, ethnicity, status and social role, in the context of a pagan funeral, dress for holy orders, legacies, clothing, commissioning of a royal wardrobe, and many others – and surviving dress bindings and accessories are examined with regard to the type and geographical/chronological area of distributionThere are color reconstructions of early Anglo-Saxon dress and a pattern cut for a Bayeux tapestry dress; Old English clothing names are discussed, and there is a glossary of costume and other relevant requirements.GALE OWEN-CROCKER is Professor of Anglo-Saxon Culture at the University of Manchester.She had a particular interest in dress throughout the medieval period – she advised dress entries from Toronto, in Old English Dictionary and consulted many museums and television companiesShe is co-editor of the magazine Médiévales des Vêtements et des Textiles.
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