Church Vestments: Their Origin and Development

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The Christian church's earliest vestments were hardly distinguishable from the everyday dress of ordinary people in ancient Rome, but in time, ecclesiastical dress acquired its own distinguishing characteristics. This comprehensive reference by noted English costume authority Herbert Norris traces the evolution of clerical attire through the centuries until the end of the 1400s.
The meticulously researched text is enhanced by more than 270 of the author's own illustrations, including 8 in full color, adapted from originals but specially redrawn to accentuate essential features of the garments. The vestments are treated in the approximate order of their appearance in liturgical ritual, beginning with the simple alb and including the pallium, chasuble, cassock, surplice, mitre, and many other items. Footwear, crosses, headgear, rings, gloves, and other accessories are also depicted and described in detail. Replete with fascinating historical facts and lore, this volume is an indispensable reference for students, scholars, and anyone interested in the history of ecclesiastical attire.

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Fashion and costume historian Herbert Norris assembled rich, visually expressive books that skillfully depict not only the splendid attire of the grandees of church and state but also the everyday dress of common men and women. His other Dover titles include Tudor Costume and Fashion, Medieval Costume and Fashion, and Nineteenth-Century Costume and Fashion.

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Book Description Dover Pubns June 2002, 2002. Paper Back. Book Condition: New. Very little has been published in the way of vestment history in the last fifty years, making it difficult to trace the development of their symbolic and ecclesial significance. Thankfully, Herbert Norris' unabridged commentary has resurfaced to remedy that. Written in 1950, this detailed and comprehensive reference offers historical explanations of very particular articles and dress as they appear on the liturgical scene. Norris notes that initially ''no distinctive dress was worn by early clergy'' though ''their natural impulse would be to insist on a certain measure of refinement, beauty, and dignity: and so they arrayed themselves in the best garments they possessed for the service of God.'' It was only when the classical Roman dress was supplanted by more ''barbaric'' (and subsequently, less conservative) types that the church asserted itself by retaining the ''old-fashioned'' out of reverence to God. Beginning with the alb (based loosely on the Roman/Greek tunic), Norris illustrates and outlines the use of over twenty-five garments and accessories including (but not limited to) the chasuble, stole, maniple, mitre, pastoral staff, cross, cassock, cope and surplice. And though most of his terminology is based in the vocabulary of the Roman and Western Churches, he adequately explains the Eastern variants -- giving corresponding nomenclature whenever possible. Nearly three hundred black and white illustrations as well as an eight-page color insert complete this most helpful and fascinating volume. Bookseller Inventory # 140368

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