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Q: Catholic mass in the Middle Ages: and a fourth ( No Answer,   0 Comments )
Subject: Catholic mass in the Middle Ages: and a fourth
Category: Relationships and Society > Religion
Asked by: archae0pteryx-ga
List Price: $7.07
Posted: 19 May 2006 23:41 PDT
Expires: 18 Jun 2006 23:41 PDT
Question ID: 730646
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4.  What would a bishop or other ranking clergyman wear to celebrate
mass, as compared with an ordinary village priest?

Time: first decade of the 14th century.  Place: France.

Thank you,

Request for Question Clarification by answerfinder-ga on 20 May 2006 03:15 PDT
Dear archae0pteryx-ga,

I?m posting this is as a clarification so that you can look at the
source and tell me whether it meets your needs.

Google Books has the following well-researched book which has drawings
from manuscripts and tomb brasses of the period.

Medieval Costume in England and France: The 13th, 14th and 15th Centuries
by Mary G Houston

Use the ?Search inside this book? feature. Use these search terms:
priest OR bishop.
There will be several references. Look at the pages either side of
these as far as it will allow you and you will find descriptions and
drawings of the vestments of bishops and priests.

Let me know whether this helps.


Clarification of Question by archae0pteryx-ga on 20 May 2006 23:18 PDT
Hi, Answerfinder!

Well, I certainly think it will answer the question "What would a
bishop ... wear?"  I used the look-inside functionality at Amazon and
saw enough to conclude that I can probably make good use of the book
for both this and other purposes.  So I put it on order.  Thanks very
much for the pointer.

Do you believe that it will also answer the "to celebrate mass" part? 
I don't know how to tell whether a personage such as a bishop would
wear the full regalia of his office to perform humble priestly
functions or would dress down, as it were, to suit the function he was
performing.  Does this question make sense?  Since I'm after the
specific application, one part isn't enough for me.

Thank you,

Request for Question Clarification by answerfinder-ga on 21 May 2006 01:44 PDT
Dear archae0pteryx-ga,
Your question certainly does make sense which is why I placed the link
as a clarification request. I sensed that I had not answered your
question fully. I have tried to find the information, but with
success. I shall continue and let you know if I find anything.

Clarification of Question by archae0pteryx-ga on 21 May 2006 13:04 PDT
Thank you, Answerfinder.  For the sake of your efforts, would it help
if I mutated my question this way?  - With respect to garb, what would
a Catholic bishop or other higher ecclesiastic do at any time in the
past millennium (and preferably at some time in the Middle Ages) if
performing a service as the guest of a small local church?  Would he
pile on all the finery of his highest office, or would he don the
humble attire of the priest whose role he was fulfilling?

For the story I am writing, I am willing to extrapolate from some
known practice at a known time to some past unknown time as long as I
can see a clear illustration of a principle.  That would make my
fictional treatment plausible and defensible even if not precisely
historically validated.

Or--would this take the question too far out of the realm you were
willing to search in, namely, clerical vestments?

There is no answer at this time.

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