Women's Devotional Bequests of Textiles in the Late Medieval English Parish Church, c. 1350–1550
Article first published online: 13 JUL 2010
© 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Gender & History
Volume 22, Issue 2, pages 407–429, August 2010
How to Cite
Lowe, N. A. (2010), Women's Devotional Bequests of Textiles in the Late Medieval English Parish Church, c. 1350–1550. Gender & History, 22: 407–429. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0424.2010.01597.x
- Issue published online: 13 JUL 2010
- Article first published online: 13 JUL 2010
This article examines evidence of self-determination and independent action in the practice, among a significant group of late medieval English women, of donating their own clothing and household linens to parish churches for use in sacred ritual. The argument is presented that clothworking in a domestic environment was a highly valorised activity closely connected with women, for which the spindle and distaff acted as an index, and that against this background women used textiles as a site for expressing their personal, social and religious concerns.