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Hair accessories, post-1100
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There is quite a lot of evidence relating to hair styles for the period from c. 1300 from brasses and other visual sources. For men who were depicted in armour, their hair was not visible but the effigies of men depicted in fashionable dress suggest a range of styles were seen in this period. For instance, William, the second son of Edward III and Philippa of Hainault (d. 1344, York Minster) was depicted with wavy hair almost to his shoulders while John Urban (c. 1410, St Nicholas' church, Southfleet, Kent) had a much shorter style.

In contrast, women's effigies reveal a wider range of st…

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Maria Hayward, “Hair accessories, post-1100”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 27 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_SIM_001052>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503

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