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

Reflections on gender and status distinctions: an analysis of the liturgical textiles recorded in mid-sixteenth century London
Reflections on gender and status distinctions: an analysis of the liturgical textiles recorded in mid-sixteenth century London
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.
gender, status, distinctions, liturgical textiles, mid-sixteenth century
1405109068
33-35
Blackwell Publishing
Hayward, M.A.
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Burman, B.
Turbin, C.
Hayward, M.A.
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Burman, B.
Turbin, C.

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, pp. 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.

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Published date: 2003
Keywords: gender, status, distinctions, liturgical textiles, mid-sixteenth century

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Local EPrints ID: 16435
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/16435
ISBN: 1405109068
PURE UUID: 3adf99ed-1cae-4b56-ad28-cab274a915ce

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Date deposited: 03 Aug 2005
Last modified: 21 Jul 2020 16:54

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