...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
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
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.