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Cloth: dimensions and weights
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Attempts to standardise weights and measures appear in Anglo-Saxon laws, but not in a form which allows us to confirm the standards used, or that they necessarily applied to cloth. The earliest recorded interest appears in the laws of Ethelbert of Kent, in the 7th century. In the late 8th century, Charlemagne was complaining to Offa of Mercia about changes in the lengths of 'cloaks' exported to the Frankish Empire from England, presumably because these did not meet with a pre-existing standard. Grierson even suggests that the term usually translated as 'cloaks' here -- Latin saga -- may m…

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Elizabeth Coatsworth, “Cloth: dimensions and weights”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 26 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_COM_445>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503

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