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Sharon Ann Farmer
Regents of the University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA 93106-0001)
Oriental Luxuries, Parisian Crafts, and the Making of Europe's Fashion Capital

This book examines northern French aristocratic culture through the lens of Parisian production. It argues that tastes for oriental luxuries gave rise, in the age of the crusades, to new Parisian industries. Current discussions of east/west cultural exchanges emphasize interchanges on the borderlands and technological developments in Italy, while ignoring the degree to which Northern France was transformed. However, in a number of areas – rock crystal production, technology of enamels, textile production – Paris was, in the period between 1250 and 1328, as much a center of east/west exchange and technological innovation as were Lucca, Venice and Genoa.

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Project fields:
European History

Fellowships for University Teachers

Research Programs

$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2005 – 6/30/2006