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...Hayward's study would be an excellent library addition for museum professionals, costume designers, teachers - really any reader with a scholarly interest in dress of the Tudor period. The bibliography is exhaustive, up-to-date, and an excellent research tool on its own.' (Nicole LaBouff Costume Society of America 1900-01-00)

Hayward...has written the first, and what will surely remain the fullest, history of early Tudor court dress.(...)Haywards painstaking research yields raw data that will be of interest to anyone studying Renaissance kingship.(...)...a meticulous, informative study of one aspect of court culture that all students of Renaissance monarchy will want to consult. (Dale Hoak, College of William & Mary Renaissance Quarterly)

...a compelling collection of information and a useful reference.' (Melanie Schuessler, Eastern Michigan University Medieval Clothing and Textiles , vol 14 2008-01-00)

About the Author

Having graduated with a history degree, Maria Hayward completed the postgraduate diploma in textile conservation at the Textile Conservation Centre, Hampton Court Palace (TCC). After working as a conservator and completing a PhD at the London School of Economics, she is currently a Reader and Head of Studies and Research at the TCC, University of Southampton, and the Director of the AHRC Research Centre for Textile Conservation and Textile Studies (2004-07). In 2004 she was elected as a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and joined the editorial board of Studies in Conservation. She is also Assistant Editor of Costume. Her research interests include the material culture of the court of Henry VIII and English pre-Reformation liturgical textiles. Her publications include The 1542 Inventory of Whitehall: The Palace and Its Keeper (2004) and Tapestry Conservation: Principles and Practice, edited with Frances Lennard (2005). She is currently working with Dr David Starkey and Dr Philip Ward to edit the specialist essays to accompany the 1547 Inventory of Henry VIII, the transcript of which was published in 1998. The three volumes will be published in 2009 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII's accession to the throne.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Maney Publishing (September 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904350704
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904350705
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 9.8 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,174,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book has a lot of information covering the age of Henry VIII, the Tudor King of England in the early part of the 16th century. There is information regarding the fashion styles of his wives, sisters, and children. I would suggest this book for those who are into researching this time period for costuming, and who can form their own conclusions on the research provided. I would not suggest this book for those looking for a how-to on costume creation.

I looked forward to this book for over a year, and ... was a little frustrated when I was able to read some of the sections. There is a lot of info waiting for the reader, from the written inventories that survive that is given in the appendix. There are a number of images of interest, most of which I have seen in other books I've collected, but here they are available in one book, some of which are in color (most are in b&w).

One of my frustrations dealt with three images that provide a front, side and back view of a man's extant short gown; the kind of gown Henry is commonly seen wearing. But there is only a one sentence mention (that I've found so far) of these photos of this surviving garment, and that one sentence says very little. If these are of a surviving garment, and the garment is still available to look at, then it would have been a lot more help to people to actually provide info on the inside view, or how the pleats are attached, or something more than the one little sentence and three photos. I do appreciate those three photos, tho. I've not seen them anywhere else, and I can't even find them online at the museum they are in (but that server connection keeps dying, so I can't explore for long).
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8 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Richard L. Roberts on April 7, 2008
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I just recently got this book, and am just loving it. Much Like Elizabeth I's Wardrobe Un'locked, it drips with all the information I love to read. As a Costumer, it gives deeper insight into creating accurate costumes. When I first fell in Love with the Tudor Era, I didnt realize just how little REAL information there was to the construction, fabrics, the real names of pieces of clothing and such. This really lays out the details of who, what and where. I will be able to use this resource for many years to come.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. B. Bridges on October 16, 2009
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I looked forward to this book to add to my Tudor/16th century collection. The old English had me very confused and I had to look up the colors and measurements of the court records elsewhere. My favorite entry is the color "Puke". It's a nice addition for my ever growing stash.
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