The Power of Textiles: Tapestries of the Burgundian Dominions (1363-1477)
AuthorsWilson, Katherine A.
AffiliationThe University of Chester
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AbstractTextiles were of fundamental importance to medieval polities and princes across Europe, economically and culturally. Tapestry was at the top end of the luxury textile market but was used by urban inhabitants and nobles. The Burgundian Dominions were the foremost producer of tapestry in the Middle Ages. However, the documentary evidence for the supply and suppliers of the textiles to the Burgundian dynasty, its many functions, and its re-use and repair, is understudied. This monograph explores a range of documentary evidence (ducal accounts, ducal and household inventories) to examine the suppliers of the textile to the Burgundian dynasty, its forms, functions and users, its role in gift-giving strategies, and patterns of re-use and repair. Thus, the book offers a contribution to the historical understanding of textiles as objects that contributed to the projection of social status and the cultural construction of power in the Burgundian polity.
CitationWilson, K. A. (2018). The Power of Textiles: Tapestries of the Burgundian Dominions (1363-1477). Turnhout: Brepols.
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