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Shoes and Pattens
Francis Gres and Margrethe de Neergaard

Until recently, very little was known about medieval shoes. Glimpses in manuscript illustrations and on funerary monuments, with the occasional reference by a contemporary writer, was all that the costume historian had as evidence, not least because leather tends to perish after prolonged contact with air, and very few actual examples survived. In recent years, however, nearly 2,000 shoes, many complete and in near-perfect condition, have been discovered preserved on the north bank of the Thames, and are now housed in the Museum of London. 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. 152 pages with 27 b/w illustrations - Hardback Size: 24 x 18 cm
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Knives and Scabbards
J. Cowgill, M. de Neergaard, N. Griffiths

Knives were vital to medieval man for a whole range of uses, from the domestic to the wider social context: Anglo-Saxon pre-Christian burials bear silent witness to this dependence in the many cases where knives are found among the grave-goods. Forged and hafted with great skill, sometimes with elaborately decorated scabbards, knives are of intrinsic fascination, besides being indicators of the popular artistic tastes of the time. This book catalogues, discusses and illustrates over five hundred knives, scabbards, shears and scissors dating from the mid-12th to the mid-15th centuries and found in the City of London, particularly along the waterfront sites, where recovered items can be accurately dated by dendrochronology and coin finds. The authors are former members of the staff of the Museum of London. First edition published in HMSO's 'Medieval Finds from Excavations in London'. 184 pages - 25 b/w illustrations - Hardback Size: 24 x 18 cm
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Dress Accessories c.1150 - c.1450
Geoff Egan & Frances Pritchard

Brooches, rings, buckles, pendants, buttons, purses and other accessories were part of everyday dress in the middle ages. This book describes and discusses over two thousand such items dating from the period 1150-1450 and found in 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. This is more than just a catalogue, however: the se 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 the popularity of shoddy, mass-produced items in base metals during the high middle ages, for example, and allow researchers to identify the varied quality of products of rival traditions of manufacture mentioned in historical sources. The authors are members of staff of the Museum of London. First published 1991. 422 pages with 12 colour illustrations and 62 b/w illustrations - Hardback Size: 24 x 18 cm

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Dress Accessories
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Textiles and Clothing, c.1150-c.1450
E. Crowfoot, F. Pritchard & K. Staniland

Clothing and textile finds have figured prominently in excavations of medieval sites in London in the past two decades; they have included 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; there are beautifully made buttons, and buttonholes and edgings which display superb craftsmanship and a high level of needlework skills; the way that clothes were cut and sewn can be studied in detail. This highly readable account will be of interest to dress historians and archaeologists who will find a wealth of new insights into the fashions, clothing and textile industries of medieval England and Europe. First published in 1992 Contents include: The Excavations, Techniques used in Textile Production, Wool Textiles, Goathair Textiles, Linen Textiles, Silk Textiles, Mixed Cloths, Narrow Wares, Sewing Techniques and Tailoring, Dyes. The authors are past and present staff of the Museum of London. 132 pages with 16 colour illustrations and 32 b&w illustrations - Hardback Size: 24 x 18 cm

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