Continuity or change? The influence of the liturgical year on the wardrobe of Henry VIII

Hayward, Maria (2011) Continuity or change? The influence of the liturgical year on the wardrobe of Henry VIII In, Schorta, Regula and Schwinges, Rainer Christoph (eds.) Fashion and Clothing in Late Medieval Europe/Mode und Kleidung im Europa des späten Mittelalters. Riggisberg, Switzerland; Basel, Switzerland, Abegg-Stiftung; Schwabe pp. 155-167.

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This paper will show that Henry VIII followed the protocols laid down in fifteenth century royal household ordinances which dictated what the monarch should wear on the key liturgical feast days. Indeed, these ordinances not only stipulated what the wardrobe of the robes should provide for the king to wear but also dictated how the wardrobe of the beds should furnish the king's apartments with textiles of a matching colour. It will then explore whether a change can be detected in Henry’s celebration of the religious cycle after the mid 1530s. In addition, his adherence to the demands of the liturgical year will be set in context by reference to his predecessors and successors on the English throne as a further means of assessing the impact of the Reformation on English court ceremonial in the second half of the sixteenth century.

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ISBNs: 9783796525858 (print)
9783905014402 (print)
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Keywords: clothing, textiles, liturgical year, Henry VIII, household ordinances, the reformation
ePrint ID: 79948
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Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2017 20:12
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