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Sumptuary Legislation and Conduct Literature in Late Medieval England


Sumptuary Legislation and Conduct Literature in Late Medieval England

Woodward, Ariadne (2016) Sumptuary Legislation and Conduct Literature in Late Medieval England. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This study is an examination of attempts to control dress in late medieval England. Concerns about dress expressed in sumptuary legislation and conduct literature were demonstrative of deeper anxieties about gender, class, status, the interrelationship between medieval contemporaries, nationhood and morality. Clothing was especially targeted because it was an important marker of status and of individuals' morals. However, the lack of evidence of enforcement of sumptuary legislation and the limited scope of this type of legislation demonstrates a certain ambivalence towards a strict control of what individuals wore. Clothing played an important role in social negotiations. Late medieval society was extremely hierarchical and yet these hierarchies were somewhat fluid, which was both a source of confusion and opportunity.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > History
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Woodward, Ariadne
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Thesis Supervisor(s):McSheffrey, Shannon
ID Code:982129
Deposited On:07 Jun 2017 17:24
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:54
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