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Medieval Europe, hair and facial hair

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  1. S.T. Ockenner

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    Does anyone know the specific hair and facial hair styles that were common in Middle Ages Europe?
    Please share for all social classes, professions, and genders you can think of.
     
  2. skip.knox

    skip.knox toujours gai, archie Moderator

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    The obvious one would be the two styles of monastic haircuts. Beyond that, I'm not sure there ever were any *named* styles. You can look at pictures from medieval manuscripts to get some general ideas. I am unaware of variations by profession or social order, even in the late Middle Ages.

    However! Just because I don't know about it doesn't mean much. A search on "hair styles in the middle ages" turned up the following
    https://www.medievalchronicles.com/medieval-clothing/medieval-hairstyles/
    Middle Ages/Renaissance
    Middle Ages Hairstyles
    Rosalie's Medieval Woman - Hairstyles

    None of these cite sources, so use them as inspiration rather than authority. If you're interested, here are some academic works that do cite sources.
    What functions and meanings did hair have in the early and high Middle Ages?
    https://history.sfsu.edu/sites/default/files/EPF/2010_Peter H. Johnsson.pdf
    Celtic Hair History | The Celtic Fringe

    So as you see, there's actually quite a bit to be said on the topic!
     
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  3. S.T. Ockenner

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    The tonsure...and what's the other one? Also, what was facial hair like for monks?
     
  4. skip.knox

    skip.knox toujours gai, archie Moderator

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    Tonsure is the name, I think, for either style. As for facial hair, I believe one of the references I gave addresses that.
     
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    I could not access the pdfs.
     
  6. skip.knox

    skip.knox toujours gai, archie Moderator

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    I think there's only one pdf. When you say you could not access, do you get a 404 or what?
     
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  7. S.T. Ockenner

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    I don't quite remember what happened, just that I could not access them. Do you remember any details from it?
     
  8. Helin

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    Pdf files can be accessed. I did not have any problems.

    Thanks for sharing
     
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    What did you remember about it?
     
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