Medieval Costume in England and France:
The 13th, 14th and 15th Centuries
Describes the style and construction of royal raiment, ecclesiastical vestments, academic
and legal robes, and civilian dress for all classes. Also discusses related
subjects such as jewellery,
textiles, armor, and hairdressing. Over
350 black-and-white line drawings of complete costumes, decoration, and patterns are
taken from contemporary illustration and sculpture. Includes a glossary without
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This sweeping visual presentation of
medieval life in Europe demonstrates the strengths and weaknesses of historical titles in
the Eyewitness series. A thousand years of European history are spanned in
relatively few pages of briefly captioned, brightly colored photographs and reproductions.
In a typical spread, entitled ``Holy Orders,'' there are photographs of
objects from the 7th through the 13th centuries.
Medieval Costumes In England And France is a carefully researched volume offering costume aficionados and enthusiasts of the medieval
period a meticulously detailed and splendidly illustrated study of clothing worn in the
Middle Ages. Lucidly written accounts of the style and construction of
costumes worn in the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries are followed by accurate descriptions
and illustrations of royal raiment, elaborate ecclesiastical dress and vestments, academic
and legal robes, as well as civilian dress for all classes. Mary Houston is a
noted costume historian who brings her special expertise to discussions of accessories and
such related subjects as ornaments, jewellery, armor,
textiles, embroidery and hair-dressing. The 350 black & white line
illustrations are taken from contemporary books, manuscripts, pictorial and sculptural
representations. Medieval Costumes In England And France provides superbly
documented information that is both clearly and succinctly presented in the text.
Medieval Costumes In England And France is a "must have" reference
for theatrical costume designers, members of organizations like "The Society for
Creative Anachronism", science fiction & fantasy conventions, Madrigal
performances, or even halloween parties and costume balls!
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