Date of Graduation

8-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in History (MA)

Degree Level

Graduate

Department

History

Advisor

Rembrandt F. Wolpert

Committee Member

Elizabeth J. Markham

Second Committee Member

Lynn F. Jacobs

Keywords

Social sciences; Applied sciences; Dress; Gender; Germany; Henry VIII; King of England; Schwarz; Matthaeus; Sixteenth century; Textiles

Abstract

This paper will explore the connections of clothing and identity in the sixteenth century. The fit and construction of clothing can be directly related to how a person is perceived, or indeed, how one perceives one's self. Henry VIII (1491-1547) of England will be compared and contrasted with Matthäus Schwarz (1496-1574), a commoner from Augsburg, Germany. Tudor will represent how identity can be created for others, particularly through legislation and courtly life; while Schwarz' own words will assist in the exploration of the identity of the individual.

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