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C4P: Ester Torredelforth-Clothing as a Reflection of Love in Chivalric Novels in 15th C Catalonia

Luna's fourth Call for Papers, Ties That Bind: Love in Fantasy and Science Fiction will be released on Saturday the 1st of August. Here is a chance to discover the 11 brilliant papers you will find in the book.

Today, we would like to introduce you to Ester Torredelforth (Spain) PhD in Medieval Art and illustrator.

“Clothing as a Reflection of Love in Chivalric Novels in 15th Century Catalonia”


Fashion has always been established as a semiotic tool in which both the personality and the emotional state of the person are expressed. Nowadays, and practically since the origins of humanity, it has been possible to show, through dressing, the state of loving and belonging to another human being. Chivalric novels of the fifteenth century provide a wide sample of how, in medieval society, lovers used their clothes and garments to give signs and encoded messages of their love, show the inclinations of their hearts, or the possession of the affection of another person, be it in secret or public. These aspects will be analysed through the central novels of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, as well as contrasted with our knowledge of colour symbologies in medieval clothing, gifted garments, the seduction games and the limits imposed by the morality of the moment. All this can show us that, deep down, things may not have changed that much in society since then. Dr Ester Torredelforth, PhD in medieval art and illustrator, began her apprenticeship with the acclaimed painter Pere Ripoll i Calderó at the age of 7. At such early age, she showed a strong tendency towards medieval art, illustration and everything that surrounds it. She developed her career at Rovira i Virgili University, where she ended her Doctoral studies in medieval fashion with a thesis titled “Catalan Female Noble Clothing from the 15th Century and its Reflection in Art”. Nowadays, she combines her artistic career with art teaching, and her activity in the medievalist research world, through several publications. Her latest works as illustrator are collaborations with acclaimed spanish poets like Enric Lopez Tuset and Adriana G. Garcia and collaborations with publishers in Madrid like Polibea Editorial and Hyperion Ediciones.

Ties That Bind: Love in Fantasy and Science Fiction

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