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Adopted for the Christian Church in the 4th century, and taking its name from a supposed origin in Dalmatia, the dalmatic was worn by the Pope and later by all bishops, under the chasuble or cope; especially (as an outer garment) by deacons assisting priests; and in the 12th and 13th centuries at least, by sovereigns at their coronations. Although the dalmatic was not one of the vestments assigned to a cleric at his ordination in Anglo-Saxon England (see ecclesiastical dress ante-1100), it was evidently in use already at that period: The Old English Regularis Concordia, compiled for Engli…

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Gale R. Owen-Crocker, “Dalmatic”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 17 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_SIM_000997>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503

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