"The fourth volume of this landmark series features a special focus on headdress, with papers analysing women's turbans in fifteenth-century French manuscript paintings; the changing meaning of the term cuff; the spread of wimple from England to Southern Italy; and a surviving embroidered linen cap attributed to Saint Birgitta of Sweden. Northern European dress and textiles are further explored in papers on archaeological textiles from medieval towns in Finland, Norway, and Sweden; the construction of gowns excavated at Herjolfsnes, Greenland; and references to scarlet clothing in Icelandic sagas. Other papers focus on linen production in medieval Russia and an enigmatic quilt of Henry VIII's that almost certainly arrived in England as part of the dowry of Catherine of Aragon. Also included are reviews of recent books on clothing and textiles."
Contributors: MARK CHAMBERS, CAMILLA LUISE DAHL, LISA EVANS, JOHN BLOCK FRIEDMAN, LENA HAMMARLUND, HEINI KIRJAVAINEN, ALEXANDRA M. LESTER, ROBIN NETHERTON, GALE R. OWEN-CROCKER, KATHRINE VESTERGÅRD PEDERSEN, HEIDI M. SHERMAN, LUCIA SINISI, ISIS STURTEWAGEN, MARIANNE VEDELER, ANNA ZANCHI
1. From Flax to Linen in the Medieval Rus Lands Heidi M. Sherman
2. "Melius abundare Quam Deficere": Scarlet Clothing in Laxdaela Saga and Njals Saga
3. The Wandering Wimple
4. From Head to Hand to Arm: The Lexicological History of "Cuff"
Mark Chambers & Gale R. Owen-Crocker
Lena Hammarlund, Heini Kirjavainen, Kathrine Vestergard Pedersen & Marianne Vedeler
6. The Cap of St. Birgitta
Camilla Luise Dahl & Isis Sturtewagen
7. The View from Herjolfsnes: Greenland's Translation of the European Fitted Fashion
8. The Art of the Exotic: Robinet Testards Turbans and Turban-like Coiffure
John B Friedman
9. "The Same Counterpoincte Beinge Olde and Worene": The Mystery of Henry VIII's Green Quilt
10. Recent Books of Interest
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