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Gloves are one of the items mentioned by Andreas Capellanus in his 12th century text, De Amore, when he speaks of what may and may not be freely given to a lady love without being inappropriate-
This indicates that gloves were an item of clothing widely worn as a dress accessory, probably in winter at the very least, by women of all classes and not solely for utilitarian purposes. Many time periods in history consider a well-bred woman improperly dressed for society without hat and gloves, although there is no way to tell if this also applied to medieval women. Osbern Bokenham's Life of St Elizabeth talks of how devout Elizabeth was when she was young saying:
in household accounts
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