Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 8273
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Owen-Crocker , Gale R.
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  • Title: Pomp, Piety, and Keeping the Woman in Her Place: The Dress of Cnut and Aelfgifu-Emma [The author analyzes a manscript miniature which depicts King Cnut and his wife Emma (whose Anglo-Saxon name was Aelfgifu) flanking an altar with a cross. Owen-Crocker argues that the clothing and positions of the two figures serve to subordinate Emma to her husband. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Medieval clothing and textiles. Vol. 1.  Edited by Robin Netherton and Gale R Owen-Crocker.  Boydell Press, 2005.  Pages 41 - 52.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Art History- Painting Cnut the Great, king of Denmark and England Emma, Queen of England and Denmark Illumination of Manuscripts Queens in Art Wives in Art Women in Art
  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: 11
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  • Illustrations: Five figures. Figure One Manuscript miniature of Cnut and Aelfgifu, frontispiece of the "Liber Vitae" of the New Minster at Winchester, dated 1031 (London, British Library, MS Stowe 944, 6r). Figure Two Manuscript miniature depicting a secular man, wearing a cloak and bordered tunic, and an ecclesiastic in the "Liber Vitae" of the New Minster at Winchester (London, British Library, MS Stowe, 944, 6v). Figure Three Anglo-Viking wool "sock," made in a needle-looping technique that is called "nÃ¥lebinding" in Scandinavia, archaeological find from York. Figure Four Modern line drawing of Duke William in an elaborate cloak, from the Bayeux Tapestry (drawing done by Christine Wetherell; taken from Gale R. Owen-Crocker, "Dress in Anglo-Saxon England," revised and englarged edition, Boydell, 2004, fig. 192). Figure Five Modern line drawing of "Pompa" (Ostentation) in an English manuscript of Prudentius's poem "Psychomachia" (London, British Library, MS Additional 24199, 21v) (drawing done by Christine Wetherell; taken from Gale R. Owen-Crocker, "Dress in Anglo-Saxon England, revised and enlarged edition, Boydell, 2004, fig. 174).
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  • Author's Affiliation: University of Manchester
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  • Year of Publication: 2005.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 1843831236
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