Dress Accessories, c. 1150- c. 1450

Geoff Egan, Frances Pritchard

Description and discussion of over two thousand brooches, rings, buckles, pendants, buttons, purses and other accessories found in archaeological digs in London, and dating from the period 1150-1450.
Date Published :
June 2008
Publisher :
Boydell and Brewer
Series :
Medieval Finds from Excavations in London
Illustration :
12 color, 62 black and white, 207 line drawing
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781843833512
Pages : 438
Dimensions : 9.75 X 7.5 inches
Stock Status : In stock


Brooches, rings, buckles, pendants, buttons, purses and other accessories were part of everyday dress in the middle ages. Over two thousand such items dating from the period 1150-1450 are described and discussed here, all found in recent archaeological excavations in London - then as now one of western Europe's most cosmopolitan cities, its social and economic activity compounded by the waterside bustle of the Thames.
These finds constitute the most extensive and varied group of such accessories yet recovered in Britain, and their close dating and the scientific analysis carried out on them have been highly revealing. Important results published here for the first time show, for example, the popularity of shoddy, mass-produced items in base metals during the high middle ages and enable researchers to identify the varied products of rival traditions of manufacture mentioned in historical sources. Anyone needing accurate information on period costume will welcome this book, which will appeal to the general reader interested in costume and design, as well as to archaeologists and historians.
THE AUTHORS are members of staff of the Museum of London.

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