Reflections on gender and status distinctions: an analysis of the liturgical textiles recorded in mid-sixteenth century London


Hayward, M.A. (2003) Reflections on gender and status distinctions: an analysis of the liturgical textiles recorded in mid-sixteenth century London. In, Burman, B. and Turbin, C. (eds.) Material strategies: dress and gender in historical perspective. Oxford, UK, Blackwell Publishing, 33-35.

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This paper considers the relative significance of social standing and gender on parish life within early modern London and how this was expressed via their liturgical textiles. The data are drawn from the 1552 parish inventories that record these textiles and the other appertenances of worship. Vestments worn for communion, robes for boy choristers and the range of textiles associated with birth, christening, churching, marriage and death are evaluated to see how far they reveal distinctions between men and women, adults and children, rich and poor, laity and clergy. A range of differences can be seen, as can the way in which social and gender considerations interlinked.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBNs: 1405109068 (hardback)
Keywords: gender, status, distinctions, liturgical textiles, mid-sixteenth century
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Art
ePrint ID: 16435
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2005
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:06
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/16435

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