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Harlots, also known as gadlings or lorels, were a type of hose being worn in the late 14th century. The legs were joined at the crotch and they were often made in mi-parti. An indirect reference to harlots can be found in the Parson's Tale in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (see sensuality and sexuality). It has been suggested that harlots were points but this is incorrect and based on a translation error.


Cunnington, C. W., Cunnington, P. E. and Beard, C., A Dictionary of English Costume 900-1900 (London: 1960), 102-3.

Scott, M., A Visual History of Costume: the fo…

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Maria Hayward, “Harlots”, 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_001012>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503

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