Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 27565
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Stanford , Charlotte A. ,
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  • Title: Donations from the Body for the Soul: Apparel, Devotion, and Status in Late Medieval Strasbourg [The author analyzes evidence of lay people’s contributions to the building and services of Strasbourg’s cathedral as recorded in the “Book of Donors” from the early fourteenth century to 1521. Many people contributed clothing and related items, both for resale and for use in liturgical services. Stanford notes women’s participation as donors and the varieties of women’s clothing and ornaments given as gifts. She underlines the personal nature of many women’s gifts including elaborate linens decorated with gold and silk destined for the Virgin’s chapel. The appendices include a glossary of apparel-related terms in the “Book of Donors” both in Latin and in German (pages 199-205). Title note supplied by Feminae.]
  • Source: Medieval Clothing and Textiles 6, ( 2010): Pages 173 - 205.
  • Description:
  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Clothing Commemoration Gifts Lay Piety Patronage, Ecclesiastical Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin, France- Cathedral
  • Geographic Area: France
  • Century: 14- 15
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  • Primary Evidence: Manuscript; Strasbourg, Archives Municipales de Strasbourg, Oeuvre Notre-Dame I. This book of donors was created in the early fourteenth century around 1320 and was used until at least 1521. In format it was a calendar and obituary with each day of the year recording gifts and commemorations for donors.
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  • Table: Eight Tables. Table One Date and language entries, ca. 1320-1518. Table Two Donor Statistics by gender. Table Three Gifts of Clothing categorized by individuals (male and female) and by couples or groups. Table Four Gifts of religious apparel and accessories. Table Five Gifts of jewelry and dress accessories. Table Six Gifts of armor and weapons. Table Seven Selected descriptive terms for clothing and jewelry. Table Eight Selected descriptive terms for clothing and jewelry. Table Eight Examples of distinctive clothing items in the Strasbourg Book of Donors. Includes date, donor names and description of the item either in Latin or German along with an English translation.
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  • Author's Affiliation: Brigham Young University
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  • Year of Publication: 2010.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 17445787
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