photo of Grayhill Farm, reconstructed early 17th century farm

Clothes of the Common People In Elizabethan and Early Stuart England

The new 36 volume “Clothing of Common People in Elizabethan and Early Stuart England (1558–1660)” series is by far the most detailed and all embracing study of the costume of the normal people of England so far undertaken for the period of Elizabeth, Shakespeare and the English Civil War. It draws on the study of surviving garments, paintings, plasterwork, over 18,000 wills and inventories and over 71,000 pre 1660 books and pamphlets. It rigorously examines and justifies whether the original evidence is trustworthy before moving on to analyse the nature of the clothes and how to construct replicas.

Essential reading for museums, theatre companies and re-enactors who wish to be truly accurate.

The series will be released in batches of about 6 volumes roughly every 2 months with the first releases at the International Living History Fair in February 2013. Please note that volumes will not necessarily be released in the order they are numbered.

A special 10% discount scheme is available to those buying the full series, even if by instalments, direct from ourselves. See here for details.

This series has been written as a fully integrated whole and nothing like this has ever been produced before (or is likely to be again).

Price £9 per volume except volumes 6 and 35 which are in colour. Volume 6 costs £19 and Volume 35 costs £29. Ordering details are here. Released volumes have links which will take you to details of their contents.

Historical Management Associates Ltd. makes a range of historically-correct fabrics such as frieze, russet, cotton and say.