Garments of Majesty: Looking into the Wardrobe Accounts of Henry, Prince of Wales

McNamara, Gregory V.
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The Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (SASMARS)
With the critical climate of early modern studies increasingly sensitive to material culture, clothing certainly is a fitting subject for analysis: this paper considers the convergence of fashion and self-fashioning at the early Stuart court. Between 1610 and 1612, all eyes at court were fixed on the promising ascendant, Henry, Prince of Wales, and his clothes. Henry’s clothing purchases were diligently recorded by his master of the wardrobe, Sir David Murray, whose 1612 exchequer roll details to the very stitching the fashions chosen for the Prince of Wales’s emergence toward majesty. Murray’s assiduous record keeping was matched only by his careful service to the prince himself, who held his wardrobe man in choice trust (Cornwallis, Account).
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