The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0662 Friday, 14 July 2006
Date: Thursday, 13 Jul 2006 13:06:52 -0400
Subject: 17.0658 New Shakespeare Portrait Discovered
Comment: Re: SHK 17.0658 New Shakespeare Portrait Discovered
>>Ruff collars are hardly a dress accessory of a commoner.
>>Shakespeare? I most certainly think not!
>We had a ruff discussion only recently, when I posted the following
>lines from 'Elizabeth's London' by Liza Picard ...
>"Everyone wore them, women and men, working people and courtiers. ... A
>working man's or woman's ruff had a neck band and pleats, but the fabric
>was coarser ... so that it stood up on its own. An apprentice's ruff
>was not supposed to be more than one and a half yards long ... A
>maidservant's clothes, listed on her admission to St Bartholomew's
>Hospital in 1569 and returned to her on her discharge, included 'three
>pairs of ruffs'."
Peter Bridgman's response to my skeptical post was most helpful I stand
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Old Dominion University
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