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Officers of the royal household
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The wearing of clothes of distinction has marked out the rich in society for as long as societies have existed. In England, the tradition of kings and great men and women wearing luxurious items certainly goes back to the 10th century if not before. Recently, for example, Robin Fleming has demonstrated that the Anglo-Saxon élite in 11th-century England wore brightly patterned silks obtained at vast expense and with great difficulty from, mostly, the Byzantine east. Men such as Earl Harold Godwinesson, the future King Harold II (d. 1066), would have been d…

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Stephen Church, “Officers of the royal household”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 30 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_COM_480>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503

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