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  • Record Number: 43346
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Johnston , Mark D.
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  • Title: Sex, Lies and verdugados: Juana of Portugal and the Invention of Hoopskirts
  • Source: Medieval Clothing and Textiles 16, ( 2020): Pages 101 - 122.
  • Description: The struggle over the royal succession in fifteenth-century Castile included an attack on Juana of Portugal, the wife of King Enrique IV, known as the Impotent. Juana was accused of extra-marital affairs and hiding illegitimate pregnancies under hoopskirts (verdugados), a newly-introduced fashion. The fashion survived this polemic and was popular in the court of Isabel la Catolica. However, sumptuary laws and attacks by moralists still rejected hoopskirts and such related fashions as padding women’s hips under their skirts. The fear of hidden pregnancies was one of the failings the moralists feared might be concealed. [Description supplied by Feminae]
  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Clothing Illegitimacy Isabel I la Catolica, Queen of Castile Juana, Wife of Enrique IV, King of Castile, and Sister of Alfonso V, King of Portugal Pregnancy Sumptuary Laws
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  • Geographic Area: Iberia
  • Century: 15
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  • Author's Affiliation: DePaul University, Chicago
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  • Year of Publication: 2020.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 17445787