The cardinal's wardrobe

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

Abstract / Description of output

The dress of cardinals evolved gradually in the early modern period, becoming established, by the early sixteenth-century. Cardinals are associated with the colour red because it is a papal colour. Their standard dress consisted of a red soutane (a long, sleeved cassock, buttoned down the front), rochet (a linen over-garment or surplice), manteletta (short shoulder cape worn only in Rome), mozzetta (short cape usually buttoned in front) and cappa magna (voluminous cloak with a hood). The hat that is their ubiquitous emblem was worn less and carried more often as part of their regalia. But quality and texture of the fabrics they were allowed to wear was regulated alongside colour and tailoring.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Companion to the Early Modern Cardinal
EditorsMary Hollingsworth, Miles Pattenden, Arnold Witte
Place of PublicationLeiden
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9789004415447
ISBN (Print)9789004310964
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jan 2020

Publication series

NameBrill's Companions to the Christian Tradition
ISSN (Print)1871-6377

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • cardinal
  • pope
  • galero
  • cappa magna
  • Wolsey
  • red hat


Dive into the research topics of 'The cardinal's wardrobe'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this