Art, Textiles and Clothing
Fashion, tapestries, illuminated manuscripts and an exploration of medieval, Celtic and Byzantine art and ornamentation. Cover art may vary.
- Shoes and Pattens: Finds from Medieval Excavations
Until recently, very little was known about medieval shoes. This collection, all from well-dated archaeological contexts, fills this vast gap in knowledge, making it possible to chart precisely the progress of shoe fashion between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries.
Hardcover: 152 pages
- Fashion in the Age of the Black Prince: A Study of the Years 1340-1365
1340 to 1363 were years remarkable for dramatic developments in fashion and for extravagant spending on costume, foreshadowing the later luxury of Richard II's court. This volume is a detailed study, which discusses fourteenth-century costume in detail. Drawn from surviving accounts from the Royal courts, the evidence of chronicles and poetry (often from unpublished manuscripts), and representations in painting, sculpture and manuscript illumination.
Paperback: 160 pages
- Textiles and Clothing: Medieval Finds from Excavations
A wealth of new insights into the fashions, clothing and textile industries of medieval England and Europe, c.1150-c.1450. Features clothing and textile found in excavations of medieval sites in London in the past two decades, including knitting, tapestries, silk hair-nets and elaborately patterned oriental, Islamic and Italian fabrics, which reveal for the first time the wide range of cloths available to medieval Londoners.
Hardcover: 236 pages
- Medieval Textiles and Dress: Objects, Texts, Images
Desiree G. Koslin
Collection of essays on the studies of textiles and dress of the Middle Ages. Contributors address surviving objects and artifacts and interpret representations in texts and images. The articles extend from the fifth to the sixteenth centuries, and cover Europe from Scandinavia, England, and Ireland in the north, to Italy and the Mediterranean basin in the south. Emphasis is placed on the significant role of trade and cultural exchanges.
Hardcover: 288 pages
- Medieval Costume in England and France
Mary G. Houston
Carefully researched, meticulously detailed account of the style and construction of period costumes. Includes descriptions and illustrations of royal apparel, elaborate ecclesiastical dress and vestments, academic and legal garments and civilian dress of all classes. Also discusses jewelry, armor, textiles, embroidery and hairdressing.
Paperback: 240 pages
- English Costume from the Early Middle Ages Through the Sixteenth Century
Comprehensive, profusely illustrated reference documents clothing styles of all classes – from loose-cut garments of 10th-century Anglo-Saxons to the splendid ermine-trimmed coronation outfit of Anne Boleyn in the 16th century, with special attention paid in all periods to such crucial details as footwear, cuffs, collars and hats. Includes important information about dress-making construction and notes on social customs of the period. 24 color plates.
Paperback: 296 pages
- Dress Accessories, c.1150 - c.1450
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 from the period 1150-1450 are described and discussed here, all found in recent archaeological excavations in London.
Hardcover: 426 pages
- Dress in the Middle Ages
Absorbing survey of medieval clothing makes an important and unique contribution to the understanding of the cultural and social conditions of western Europe in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Drawing on paintings and sculpture, documents and literature, surviving clothing, textiles, jewelry, and armor, Francoise Piponnier and Perrine Mane show that garments and accessories of the Middle Ages reveal much about life and society of the time.
Paperback: 176 pages
- The Bayeux Tapestry
David M. Wilson
The tapestry, which is nearly 1,000 years old and tells the story of The Battle of Hastings from preparation to aftermath, is reproduced in full color over 146 pages, with captions on a fold-out page for easy reference. A second reproduction in black and white has a detailed accompanying commentary. Sir David Wilson, former Director of the British Museum, provides an up-to-date summary of the historical evidence, explaining each episode and covering related topics such as the costumes, armor, ships, buildings, and customs.
Hardcover: 234 pages
- The Unicorn Tapestries
Elegantly illustrated and clearly written volume about now-famous 15th century works of art. Purchased by John D. Rockefeller in 1922, they now reside in Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Hardcover: 128 pages
- Art of the Middle Ages
A lively exploration of the visual arts of the Middle Ages: stained glass, mosaics, illuminated manuscripts, mural and panel paintings, ivories, metalwork, enamels, tapestries, sculpture, and architecture. Organized chronologically and geographically. Includes a glossary, maps, bibliography, and explanations of the media and techniques used by medieval artists.
Paperback: 320 pages
- Early Medieval Art
The development of artistic expression from c. 300 AD through c. 1000 AD, ranging from brilliant illuminated manuscripts to decorative chairs, rich embroidery, and precious metalwork. Also explores issues of artist patronage, craftsmanship, holy men and women, monasteries, secular courts, and the expressive and educational roles of artistic creation.
Paperback: 272 pages
- Medieval Art
The major arts and diverse minor arts of the Middle Ages are presented here within the social, religious, and political frameworks of France, Denmark, Spain and Germany. Spans the period from the second to the fifteenth centuries with over 400 illustrations, maps, a chronological table, and glossary.
Paperback: 395 pages
- Artists of the Middle Ages
Examines the identities of artists attributed to the most famous and influential works of medieval art, summarizing their lives and work, and offering unique insights into the practices and traditions of medieval art and its role in society. A timeline, chapter bibliographies, a list of further resources on medieval art, and an index offer additional tools for study.
Hardcover: 208 pages
- Art of the Byzantine Era
David Talbot Rice
Architectural works, frescoes, mosaics, ivories, chalices, jeweled gospel covers and many other opulent works of art illustrated in this complete account of Byzantine art from the reign of Justinian to the fall of Constantinople.
Paperback: 288 pages
- Gothic Art
Gothic art is embodied in the cathedrals of the Middle Ages, but between the years 1140 and 1400 a vast quantity of very fine paintings, stained glass, manuscript illuminations, metalwork and tapestries were also produced. Noted art historian Martindale writes of all these great achievement in one of the best available surveys of this most creative period in Western art.
Paperback: 287 pages
- Gothic Art England: 1400-1547
Essays by leading medieval scholars on subjects that encompass all aspects of life in this vibrant and influential time in English history – from war and politics to music and architecture. A wide variety of images present the very finest works of late medieval art, with a special emphasis on the architecture of English churches and cathedrals of the period. Many surviving examples of stonework, wood carving, stained glass, and arms and armor are published here for the first time, creating a book of both scholarship and beauty.
Paperback: 496 pages
- Art and Architecture in Medieval France
Architecture and art of medieval France of the Romanesque and Gothic periods, 1000-1500. Detailed essays on individual monuments, and general discussions of the periods. Over 400 illustrations.
Paperback: 412 pages
- Medieval and Renaissance Stained Glass in the Victoria and Albert Museum
A showcase of the Victoria and Albert Museum's holdings of stained and painted glass, ranging from c. 1140 to 1540. Examples from England, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Italy. Over 100 color plates and illustrations. Features commentaries on each piece covering their original context and imagery, discussion of techniques, themes, and major centers of production.
Hardcover: 160 pages
- Medieval Wall Paintings
E. Clive Rouse
In an illiterate age, wall painting graphically reinforced the message of the scriptures. Medieval churches in England were more or less completely painted. After built and plastered, the artists set to work adorning the walls with saints, Bible stories, and allegories. Includes dozens of color plates and a county by county gazetteer listing churches where wall paintings can still be seen.
Paperback: 80 pages
Next page: Celtic Art and Illuminated Manuscripts.
Also on Mostly Medieval:
Exploring the Middle AgesResearch articles about life in the Middle Ages. Ballads, religion, heraldry, medicine and more.
In the Exploring the Middle Ages section.
DownloadsBackgrounds, letters, avatars and more for websites, blogs, and newsletters. Desktop wallpapers for personal use.
In the Downloads section.
Travels in the UKTravelogue of a journey through northern England and Southern Scotland. Visits to castles, cathedrals, ruins and more.
In the Travels in the UK section.