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Title: Clothes, status & class symbols & reality
Other Titles: Costume in Malta : an history of fabric, form & fashion
Authors: Cassar, Carmel
Keywords: Costume -- Malta -- History
Social status -- Malta -- History
Social classes -- Malta -- History
Clothing and dress -- Malta -- History
Issue Date: 1998
Publisher: Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti
Citation: Cassar, C. (1998). Clothes, status & class symbols & reality. In N. De Piro, & V. A. Cremona (Eds.), Costume in Malta : an history of fabric, form & fashion (pp. 50-57). Valletta: Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti.
Abstract: The scarcity of evidence about the behaviour and attitudes of the subordinate classes of the past is certainly a daunting obstacle for researchers of the early modern period. It was only in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, at a time when traditional culture was already beginning to disappear, that the "people" or the "folk" became a subject of interest to European intellectuals. Malta was no exception. Despite the rich archival records of early modern Malta, it is still difficult to describe or interpret the popular values of the period. Luckily the writings of two early modern Maltese erudites provide unique insight into the popular perceptions and values of the times. G.F. Abela's master work, entitled Della descrittione di Malta (1647), is a seventeenth century compilation which manages to trace parallels between the past and the present. In the eighteenth century the Gozitan cleric Canon G.P.F. Agius De Soldanis 1712-1778 compiled a vocabulary of Maltese as well as a treatise on the alleged Punic origins of the language.
URI: https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/26608
ISBN: 9990995958
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