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Bluet (blewet)
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A diminutive of bleu, the word is found in Anglo-Norman French, late medieval English, and Latin (bluetus, blovetus, blodius). References appear in English records by 1203, when a lawsuit concerned the theft of j. capam de bluet. Bluet appears frequently from then until the end of the fifteenth century, but by the early fourteenth century it had also come to mean a particular type of cloth not necessarily dyed blue, indicated by references to tunics de albo blueto and de nigro blueto, and to cloths de blueto asureo. Bluet was used for bed hangings, furnishings and clothing. It was…

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Wendy R. Childs, “Bluet (blewet)”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 22 November 2019
First published online: 2018

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