Depiction of Clothing in French Medieval Manuscripts

Author: Gathercole, Patricia M.
Year:2008
Pages:140
ISBN:0-7734-5014-9
978-0-7734-5014-1
Price:139.95
This work presents an overall picture of French medieval clothing. The illustrations contained in the volume are invaluable in providing a striking view of this apparel, and all that it demonstrated and connoted by the wearer to its observer. This book contains one color photograph and twenty-five black and white photographs.

Reviews

“Patricia Gathercole’s present study is a creditable effort to illumine one of these shadowy corners of medieval studies: the history of dress in the French Middle Ages as portrayed in manuscript illumination. In doing so, she also raises, with great clarity, problems of class and status, of gender difference, of symbolism and representation. Simultaneously, she underscores the variety and complexity of the manuscript tradition, and demonstrates a remarkable erudition and control of source documents.” – David Scaer, Ph.D., Roanoke College

“Reading Gathercole’s latest work provides enthralling yet scholarly information about the clothing of the medieval period, while offering the reader a panoramic view of the economic conditions as well as the moral and class values of medieval culture.” – Patricia Jordahl, Ph.D., Roanoke College

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
General Remarks
Introduction
Hats, Headgear

Turkish and Oriental Headdress
Hoods
Veils
Crowns
Haloes
Miters
Caps

Beards and Hair

Basic Clothing

Capes, Cloaks and Mantles
Sleeves
Necklines
Belts
Boots
Shoes
Stockings and Socks

The Color of Clothes

Material, Design and Pattern
Armor
Conclusion
Selected Bibliography
Principal Manuscripts Cited
Index
Illustrations