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In the below, for 'alb' read 'habit'.
--JD


> Thanks, Henk.  As an explanation of what a later twelfth- or 
> thirteenth-century audience might imagine to have happened, that makes 
> a good deal of sense.  Like you (I think), I was led by the mention of 
> the _shoes_ (not in any text that I have seen of the St. Jerome 
> version of the trick) into supposing that this detail might have been 
> added to get around any objection on the part of a listener that an 
> alb would have prevented notice of women's clothing underneath.  But 
> the _Vita_ doesn't emphasize the shoes in any way.  That detail stands 
> out now only because it doesn't quite fit with what's known about shoe 
> styles of the period (i.e., men's and women's shoes essentially the same).
> 
> Best again,
> John Dillon 
> 
> On Friday, October 23, 2009, at 4:58 am, Henk wrote:
>  
> > Or did they take away his choir habit and put a female cotte in its 
> place,
> > all thin wool and a gaudy colour. It does not say anything that 
> > detailed in
> > the quote in Caxton's, but that would be a possibility. He would 
> have 
> > stood
> > out then.
> > 
> > Henk

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