5 Medieval Facts of Hair I


Sylver Blaque

1.  When the Roman Empire fell in 476 A.D., it was by invasion of Germanic peoples. Hair held great significance to these conquerors.

germanic-man

To the Germanics, hair length determined hierarchy in both military & societal arenas. In the military, long hair would be tied up in high knots on top of the head in order to make soldiers appear taller & more fearsome.

Within society, women wore their hair extremely long & freely flowing. They used these long tresses in a variety of ways to signify virginity, marital status, or availability.

medieval-woman-with-long-hair

2.  For the Germanics, hair signified power, authority, beauty, acceptance.

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