Caps, shrouds, lawn and tackle: English bishops and their dress from the sixteenth century to the Restoration

Harmes, Marcus (2014) Caps, shrouds, lawn and tackle: English bishops and their dress from the sixteenth century to the Restoration. Costume, 48 (1). pp. 3-20. ISSN 0590-8876

Abstract

The vestiarian controversies of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in England have attracted an extensive scholarly literature. This literature has tended to show the ways the Church of England could be condemned as inadequately reformed through attacks against its external trappings. Much less has been written about how the targets of attack — the clothing that bishops wore — could in fact be transformed into a means of defending the
Church. This paper analyses George Hooper's 1683 tract The Church of England Free from the Imputation of Popery, within the context of disputation concerning episcopal government. Hooper appreciated that attacks on vesture were part of more penetrating attacks against religious hierarchies. By turns mocking and serious, Hooper compared the Church of England to reformed confessions and the Church of Rome, arguing that far from being popish, the dress of bishops stood out distinctively as Protestant trappings and provided positive examples of how English bishops differed from their Roman counterparts.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © The Costume Society 2014. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Open Access College
Date Deposited: 15 May 2014 02:07
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2015 05:08
Uncontrolled Keywords: episcopacy; bishops; rochet; chimere; vestiarian controversy; English Reformation
Fields of Research : 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210305 British History
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1179/0590887613Z.00000000036
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24754

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