By Matthew Ward
The livery collar had a pervasive presence in late-medieval England. Worn in regards to the neck to indicate carrier to a lord, references to the collar abound in executive files, modern chronicles and correspondence, and plenty of depictions of the collar are available in illuminated manuscripts and on church monuments. From the 15th century the collar was once considered as a robust image of royal energy, the artefact associating the recipient with the king; it additionally performed an important functionality within the development and articulation of political and different team identities throughout the period.
This first book-length research of the livery collar examines its cultural and political importance from the overdue fourteenth to the early 16th centuries, specifically among 1450 and 1500, the interval linked to the Wars of the Roses. It explores the valuable meanings bestowed at the collar, considers the article in its quite a few political contexts, and locations the collar in the sphere of medieval id building. It additionally investigates the causes which lay at the back of its distribution, laying off new gentle at the nature and figuring out of royal energy on the time.