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Friday, 9 January 2015

ESAH Archives: S/LIB/9/27

Essex Society for Archaeology and History

Research Papers

This class of books and papers do not relate directly to the history of the Society but have been deposited by members or their beneficiaries.  The index is being made publicly available for the first time.  We welcome enquiries from members of the Society.

Bound volume.  ‘AC Edwards. Development of Armour and Costume from the 14th to 17th Century as illustrated in the memorial brasses of Essex’ – Thesis.

Dated April 1937.

AC (Gus) Edwards was a renowned archivist at the Essex Record Office.  In this work he describes himself as a “candidate”.  The thesis was intended “to show how far the memorial brasses of Essex illustrate the development of armour and costume from the fourteenth century to the seventeenth century”. The work concludes, p169: “It is apparent that the figure brasses of Essex illustrate, accurately and fully, the continuity of development in armour and costume … Secondly they include nearly every rank of society except the poor.”

This was a gift from Castle Bookshop, Osborne Street, Colchester, when the shop closed in autumn 2013.

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