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Anglo-Saxon Costume: a Study of Secular Civilian Clothing and Jewellery Fashions, Part 2

Anglo-Saxon Costume: a Study of Secular Civilian Clothing and Jewellery Fashions, Part 2

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Part 2 of "Anglo-Saxon Costume: a Study of Secular Civilian Clothing and Jewellery Fashions" by Gale R. Owen-Crocker for a PhD Dissertation at Newcastle University, 1976
Part 2 of "Anglo-Saxon Costume: a Study of Secular Civilian Clothing and Jewellery Fashions" by Gale R. Owen-Crocker for a PhD Dissertation at Newcastle University, 1976

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ANGLO-SAXONCOSTIJNE:A STUDYOFSECULAR,CIVILIANCLOTHINGAND JEWELLERYFASHIONS
Thesisforthe DegreeofDoctorofPhilosophyUniversityofNewcastleuponTyneGaleR. Owen
1976
 
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PART THR:REPRE$ EIJTATIONS INARTA.INTRODUCTION:SOURCESANDORGANIZATION
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1. IlluminatedmanuscriptsTheearliestsurvivingAnglo-Saxonilluminatedmanuscripts,whichareGospelBooksand aBiblefromseventh-centuryNorthumbria,offernoinformationabout contemporarycostume, sincetheirornamentalrepertoireconsists ofdecorativepatternsinheritedfromIrishChristianandpaganAnglo-Saxon traditions,and/orfiguresderivedfromMediterraneanmodels.Theearliestillu-minationswhich maypossibly showcontemporaryclothing occurineighth-centuryworks:theVespasianPsalter(BMMS CottonVespasianAi),aproductoftheCanterbury School,andtheBookofKells(CodexCenannensic)aGospel Bookpossibly
producedinPictland,underNorthumbrianandIrishinfluence.)
Thepotential evidenceintheformerliesnotinthewell-knownfull-pageminiatureofKingDavidandhismusicians,whichistheproductoficonographicaltraditions,butinahistoriatedinitial depictingDavidandJonathan. Thefiguresintheinitialhavenoknownsource2andtheircostumemaythereforehave beeninfluencedfrom life. Similarly,evidencefromKeilsdependsnotontheelaborate miniatures,butonfiguresinminordecora-tions,includinganinitial.
Theseearly examples areisolatedcases,however.Muchmoreevidenceistobe derivedfromthemanymanuscriptsillu-
minatedinthetenthand eleventhcenturies.ArtistsofthisperiodcontinuedtodepictChristandtheEvangelistsinsub-classical,drapedgarments;observers andminor.charactersinthesamesceneswere,however,sometimesdepictedin differentcostumes.Forexample,inBM MS CottonTitus Dr.vii(fol.65v),3arepresentationofthecrucifi>'ionincludestheVirginandJohn

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