Dressing the Scottish Court, 1543-1553: Clothing in The Accounts of the Lord High Treasurer of Scotland [Hardback]

Melanie Schuessler Bond(Author)

ISBN: 9781783272624 | Published by: Boydell Press | Series: Medieval and Renaissance Clothing and Textiles | Volume: 3 | Year of Publication: 2019 | 740p, H9.5 x W6.75, 26 b/w. 1 line.
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Dressing the Scottish Court, 1543-1553


The Accounts of the Lord High Treasurer of Scotland document money spent by the royal treasury and contain numerous references to clothing and textiles. This volume is designed to make the rich material in the Accounts from the regency of the Earl of Arran (whose ward was Mary Queen of Scots) available to those interested in the study of dress and accessories. In addition to overviews of the various types of garments mentioned in the Accounts and discussion of a number of specialty categories, such as wedding and funeral clothing, this book includes the original text of every entry from the Accounts pertaining to secular clothing, with facing translation into modern English.
The Accounts' entries include information on materials and labour, and describe thousands of items for dozens of people, from court fools to nobles. They are grouped here by recipient, in "wardrobe biographies" which gather all ofthe entries for a particular person together in chronological order. Through the numerous clothing-related entries from this period it is possible to track the wardrobes of a number of people connected to the Scottish court, the popularity of various garments and accessories, details about their construction, and insights into the relationships of the people involved.

MELANIE SCHUESSLER BOND is Professor of Costume Design, Eastern Michigan University.

Table of Contents

Men's Garments
Women's Garments
Specialty Garments, Transport, and Cleaning
James Hamilton, Earl of Arran, Duke of Châtellerault, and Lord Governor of Scotland
Men and Boys of the Court
Women and Girls of the Court
People Serving the Court and the Regent
Servants to Others and Miscellaneous People
Appendix A: Sample Precept
Appendix B: A Letter on Margaret Douglas's Wardrobe
Appendix C: Sumptuary Legislation
Appendix D: Poetry

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