Dress in Anglo-Saxon England

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Boydell Press, 2010 - Health & Fitness - 400 pages
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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 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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I really enjoyed this book and it was very helpful in several of my hobbies and interests. Great reference for early middle age historical reproduction. Read full review

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Great book; borrowed from a friend but it is so chock-a-block full of excellent information and well rendered illustrations that it is on my wish list to buy. Read full review

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

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