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Underwear in the Maciejowski Bible
By Constanza de Mendoza (Sunny Buchler)
Published Online (2010)
Abstract: This article is about the men’s and women’s underwear, as seen in the Maciejowski Bible. The Maciejowski Bible was commissioned by King Louis IX (Saint Louis) of France, and was illustrated in Paris, somewhere between 1244 and 1254. Multiple artists worked on the manuscript, but their identities are unknown1. The clothes depicted in this manuscript may or may not be similar to those depicted in other 13th century manuscripts. The intent of this paper is not to write a treatise on 13th century underwear, but to analyze the underwear seen in this particular source, with an eye to recreating them.
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