Medieval Europe 814-1450: Fashion - Research Article from Arts and Humanities Through the Eras

This encyclopedia article consists of approximately 107 pages of information about Medieval Europe 814-1450.
This section contains 2,100 words
(approx. 7 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Medieval Europe 814-1450: Fashion Encyclopedia Article

Fashion and Cultural Change

Medieval Social Structure.

In order to understand the history of Western Europe's costume from 800 to 1450 C.E., it is important to recognize the basic social structures and the dynamic changes that took place during this era. In the years leading up to this period, the fall of the Roman Empire had left much of Europe populated by the Germanic tribal peoples who had invaded from the east, pushing the formerly Romanized Celtic tribes westward, so that the society itself might be characterized by its emphasis on warfare and geographic mobility. Under these conditions, costume tended to vary little between that of the local chiefs or kings and that of their subjects, except by its quality of materials and decoration. The most stable institution of society was the system of Roman Catholic monasteries where much of the wealth and learning that...

(read more)

This section contains 2,100 words
(approx. 7 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Medieval Europe 814-1450: Fashion Encyclopedia Article
Copyrights
Gale
Medieval Europe 814-1450: Fashion from Gale. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook