Rich Apparel: Clothing and the Law in Henry VIII's England

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2009 - Design - 422 pages
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English dress in the second half of the sixteenth century has been studied in depth, yet remarkably little has been written on the earlier years, or indeed on male clothing for the whole century. The few studies that do cover these neglected areas have tended to be quite general, focusing upon garments rather than the wearers. As such this present volume fills an important gap by providing a detailed analysis of not only what people wore in Henry's reign, but why. By combining considerations of primary sources with modern scholarly analysis, this book is invaluable for anyone with an interest in the history of fashion, clothing, and consumption in Tudor society.
  

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Contents

The Henrician Sumptuary Legislation
17
The Tudor Social Structure
41
The English Textile and Clothing Trades
63
Material Choices
85
Clothing and Accessories
109
Symbol of Royal Noble and Military Service
137
The King and his Family
153
Dukes Earls Marquesses and Lords
171
Wives and Spinsters Vowesses and Widows
225
Priests Parsons Curates and Chantry Priests
265
Players of Interludes and Minstrels
289
Civic Livery and the Mercantile Community
317
Clothing Choices and Social Definition
335
Documents
351
Glossary
379
Index
411

Knights Esquires and Gentlemen
191
Yeomen Husbandmen and Labourers
213

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