Medieval Glossary

Cowl

A loose and sleeveless garment reaching down to the ankles, similar to a robe. A cowl would have an attached deep hood. Monks often wore cowls.

Related term(s): Monk; Monastery; Cistercian; Benedictine
Category: Clothing
Added: 01.06.05
Source information: Singman, Jeffrey L. Daily Life in Medieval Europe. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1999. 157.

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