Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
|ost people in the Middle
Ages wore woolen clothing, with undergarments made of
linen. Brighter colors, better materials, and a longer
jacket length were usually signs of greater wealth. The clothing
of the aristocracy and wealthy merchants tended to be
elaborate and changed according to the dictates of
fashion. Towards the end of the Middle Ages, men of the
wealthy classes sported hose and a jacket, often with
pleating or skirting, or a tunic with a surcoat. Women
wore flowing gowns and elaborate headwear, ranging from
headdresses shaped like hearts or butterflies to tall
steeple caps and Italian turbans.
Most of the holy orders wore long woolen habits in emulation of Roman clothing. One could tell the order by the color of the habit: the Benedictines wore black; the Cistercians, undyed wool or white. St. Benedict stated that a monk's clothes should be plain but comfortable and they were allowed to wear linen coifs to keep their heads warm. The Poor Clare Sisters, an order of Franciscan nuns, had to petition the Pope in order to be permitted to wear woolen socks.
The Middle Ages is inspired by programs from The Western Tradition.