Symbolic Meanings of Hair in the Middle Ages

  title={Symbolic Meanings of Hair in the Middle Ages},
  author={Robert Bartlett},
  journal={Transactions of the Royal Historical Society},
  pages={43 - 60}
  • R. Bartlett
  • Published 1 December 1994
  • Sociology
  • Transactions of the Royal Historical Society
BEATNIKS, hippies, punks; marines, convicts, monks—it does not need much reflection to see that styles of head and facial hair in our own society convey meanings about status, attitude and role. The same is equally true of other societies, including those of the past, and the purpose of this paper is to explore some of those meanings as found in medieval Europe. 

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