A Closer Look at Clothing in the Middle Ages
During the Middle Ages, your position in life was based on birth. This position would follow you throughout your life. To make it easy for others to know your social class, rules about what you could wear—or not wear—were created. Such rules, called sumptuary laws, determined colors of clothing, types of fabric and trims, length of garments, types of sleeves, and types of furs. The laws also regulated shoe lengths and height, hat height, types of buttons, and even the number of buttons you could wear. People were to dress according to the class in which they were born. In this way, just by looking at someone, you could tell if they were important or not.
|Interest Level||Grade 3 - Grade 6|
|Reading Level||Grade 4|
|Publisher||Red Chair Press|
|Imprint||Red Chair Press|
|Number of Pages||40|
“The book’s original artwork is interspersed with historical replicas and photographs to show off the complicated fads of the Middle Ages.”—Foreword Reviews
" . . . [A]n accessible introduction to an interesting topic . . ."—Booklist
Author: Gail Skroback Hennessey
Gail Skroback Hennessey taught social studies for more than 33 years. She has authored eight books for teachers and more than 35 books for children.
Illustrator: Tracy Sabin
Tracy Sabin has illustrated many books for children including the New York Times best-seller Castle, an award-winning pop-up book. He lives and works near San Diego, CA.
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During the Middle Ages, your position in life was based on birth. This position would follow you throughout your life. To make it easy for others to know your social class, rules about what you could wear—or not wear—were created. Such rules, called sumptuary laws, determined colors of… View available downloads →