Luxury textiles in Italy, the Low Countries and neighbouring territories (14th to 16th centuries): a conceptual investigation

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/604464
Title:
Luxury textiles in Italy, the Low Countries and neighbouring territories (14th to 16th centuries): a conceptual investigation
Authors:
Wilson, Katherine A.; Lambert, Bart
Abstract:
Throughout human history luxury textiles have been used as a marker of importance, power and distinction. Yet, as the essays in this collection make clear, the term 'luxury' is one that can be fraught with difficulties for historians. Focusing upon the consumption, commercialisation and production of luxury textiles in Italy and the Low Countries during the late medieval and early modern period, this volume offers a fascinating exploration of the varied and subtle ways that luxury could be interpreted and understood in the past. Beginning with the consumption of luxury textiles, it takes the reader on a journey back from the market place, to the commercialisation of rich fabrics by an international network of traders, before arriving at the workshop to explore the Italian and Burgundian world of production of damasks, silks and tapestries. The first part of the volume deals with the consumption of luxury textiles, through an investigation of courtly purchases, as well as urban and clerical markets, before the chapters in part two move on to explore the commercialisation of luxury textiles by merchants who facilitated their trade from the cities of Lucca, Florence and Venice. The third part then focusses upon manufacture, encouraging consideration of the concept of luxury during this period through the Italian silk industry and the production of high-quality woollens in the Low Countries. Graeme Small draws the various themes of the volume together in a conclusion that suggests profitable future avenues of research into this important subject.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
K. A. Wilson & B. Lambert (Eds.). (2015). Luxury textiles in Italy, the Low Countries and neighbouring territories (14th to 16th centuries): a conceptual investigation. In B. Lambert & K. A. Wilson (Eds), Europe’s rich fabric. The Consumption, commercialisation and production of luxury textiles in Italy, the Low Countries and neighbouring territories (Fourteenth-Sixteenth Centuries). Ashgate, United Kingdom: Routledge.
Publisher:
Ashgate
Publication Date:
28-Dec-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/604464
Additional Links:
https://www.routledge.com/products/9781409444428
Type:
Book chapter
Language:
en
ISBN:
9781409444428
Appears in Collections:
History and Archaeology

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dc.contributor.authorWilson, Katherine A.en
dc.contributor.authorLambert, Barten
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-05T15:15:33Zen
dc.date.available2016-04-05T15:15:33Zen
dc.date.issued2015-12-28en
dc.identifier.citationK. A. Wilson & B. Lambert (Eds.). (2015). Luxury textiles in Italy, the Low Countries and neighbouring territories (14th to 16th centuries): a conceptual investigation. In B. Lambert & K. A. Wilson (Eds), Europe’s rich fabric. The Consumption, commercialisation and production of luxury textiles in Italy, the Low Countries and neighbouring territories (Fourteenth-Sixteenth Centuries). Ashgate, United Kingdom: Routledge.en
dc.identifier.isbn9781409444428en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/604464en
dc.description.abstractThroughout human history luxury textiles have been used as a marker of importance, power and distinction. Yet, as the essays in this collection make clear, the term 'luxury' is one that can be fraught with difficulties for historians. Focusing upon the consumption, commercialisation and production of luxury textiles in Italy and the Low Countries during the late medieval and early modern period, this volume offers a fascinating exploration of the varied and subtle ways that luxury could be interpreted and understood in the past. Beginning with the consumption of luxury textiles, it takes the reader on a journey back from the market place, to the commercialisation of rich fabrics by an international network of traders, before arriving at the workshop to explore the Italian and Burgundian world of production of damasks, silks and tapestries. The first part of the volume deals with the consumption of luxury textiles, through an investigation of courtly purchases, as well as urban and clerical markets, before the chapters in part two move on to explore the commercialisation of luxury textiles by merchants who facilitated their trade from the cities of Lucca, Florence and Venice. The third part then focusses upon manufacture, encouraging consideration of the concept of luxury during this period through the Italian silk industry and the production of high-quality woollens in the Low Countries. Graeme Small draws the various themes of the volume together in a conclusion that suggests profitable future avenues of research into this important subject.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherAshgateen
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.routledge.com/products/9781409444428en
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dc.subjectTextilesen
dc.subjectLuxuryen
dc.subjectMaterial Cultureen
dc.subjectCommercialisationen
dc.subjectConsumptionen
dc.subjectProductionen
dc.subjectMedievalen
dc.subjectEarly Modernen
dc.subjectItalyen
dc.subjectLow Countriesen
dc.titleLuxury textiles in Italy, the Low Countries and neighbouring territories (14th to 16th centuries): a conceptual investigationen
dc.typeBook chapteren
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
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