Monday, August 01, 2011

Lecture on frilled veils in Visby, Sweden

Effigy of Johan von Hozehausen (+1393) and Gundula (+1371), Dom, Frankfurt am Main

Catherine Countess of Warwick, 1370, Warwick, England

On August 10 I will be giving a lecture on frilled veils during the second half of the 14th century in North West Europe. Should you happen to be in the neighbourhood I'd love it if you could come and visit. The lecture will take place in the Kapittelhusgarden (click on this link to book your seat, and for the record: I'm not making any mony out of this, the fee is for the accommodation). This lecture will explore the frilled veil in different regions of Northwest Europe, focussing mainly on the period 1350-1450. I will also elaborate on the construction and arrangement of these veils. Some of this information you can find in my final thesis, but the geographical focus of the lecture will be much broader. Also I will be adding new evidence I have found since writing my thesis.

One day later there will also be a lecture on fabric and cut in medieval Norse clohting by Margareta Nockert (sadly, this lecture will be held in Swedish).

These lectures are part of the medieval event celebrating 650 years of the Battle of Wisby that will run from 5 trough 10 August.


Anonymous said...

Hello! I've been reading your blog lots-and-lots-and-lots. (And love it!)

Finally there is something I can contribute on: not sure if you know this or not, but just last week I went to visit Katherine Mortimer's effigy (to photograph her weird, wonderful weepers) and I can assure you that she wears a veil with frills at the base, as well as around the face. Now, a quick Google doesn't provide any images at that angle and I (being in a hurry) didn't take any either...

I guess you may have to take my word for it. However, if/when I'm next there I'll try to get a photo for you.

Isis said...

hi pantha!
thanks for all the blog-love :) it's always nice to get a compliment!!

i'm well aware of the fact that the frilled veil of catherine mortimer has a frilled edge running over the back as well. i have photographs of that, also there are some photos on the internet that do just show a hint of the back frill.

however, thanks a lot for underlining this! it's very interesting since this is one of the little examples of this style I know from England, most examples come from continental Europe and it seems to have been particularly popular in germany!


Anonymous said...

I've never seen anyone tackling this kind of veil before; everyone talks about the nebula veils with the woven ruffle. I thought I was going to be the first person to do one!

I'm intrigued by your construction method. I saw the Beauchamp tomb on a trip to England, and later puzzled over Katherine's veil, thinking the X pattern reminded me of something, but I couldn't say what. Then, finally, I decided it looked like smocking.

I started the process of smocking a piece of linen (nearly done, although it's been sitting on my work shelf for several years!). It does form the X pattern you see in certain veils, like Katherine's.

I still plan on finishing it just to see how it comes out, but your method seems more logical, given that it is the same method they were using to make the rounder-curled veils. I never thought about pinning ruffles together into the X pattern and then starching them.

Somewhere online, I (or my husband) found a corbel head of Joan of Kent either wearing this type of veil, or wearing a jeweled net over her squared-off hair or headress. There is also a double recumbant effigy from Bakewell, Derbyshire with a woman wearing this same headdress, and "Fashion in the Age of the Black Prince" has a different corbel head (from somewhere in England) with this headdress.

I wonder if it was in style in England, but for a much briefer period of time than in the Holy Roman Empire? A lot of fashion can be directly tied to politics. Maybe there was a rage for all things Germanic due to some treaty or some such during the Hundred Years War?

By the way, I'm lusting after your linen. It's so fine and crisp--better than the stuff I have access to. Should I try to get the expensive Irish "handkerchief" weight linen?

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