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Academic dress

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Author(s): Alex Kerr
Academic dress exhibited the same general pattern (but by no means uniformity) all over western Europe in the Middle Ages, but it diversified along national lines from the 16th century onwards. No examples of English medieval academic dress are known to have survived and we must depend for our evidence on written documents like university and college regulations and pictorial material such as monumental brasses and illustrations in manuscripts. The University of Oxford, which came into being in the late 12th century, modelled itself on the University of Paris, founded a few…