A detailed study of Tudor textiles, highlighting their extravagant beauty and their impact on the royal court, fashion, and taste.
Tudor tapestries, embroideries, carpets, and hangings were more highly esteemed than paintings and other forms of decorative art. Indeed, in 16th-century Europe, fine textiles were so costly that they were out of reach for average citizens, and even for many nobles.
This spectacularly illustrated book tells the story of textiles during the long Tudor century, from the ascendance of Henry VII in 1485 to the death of his granddaughter Elizabeth I in 1603. It places textiles within the context of religious and political upheavals of the Tudor court, as well as the expanding world of global trade, including previously unstudied encounters between the New World and the Elizabethan court.
- 192 pages
Eleri Lynn is a historian, curator, and Trustee of the Royal School of Needlework.
Several Tudor portraits featuring sumptuous textiles can be seen in our current exhibition Unseen Treasures. Including one thought to be a young Frances Howard, wearing a luxuriously embroidered gown.