Bespoke Clerical Millinery for the Discerning Clergyman

Monday, 4 April 2011

Gold Digger

This is an unassuming three bladed black biretta, in every respect perfectly ordinary and run-of-the-mill, save for the subtle addition of a muted gold tassel which marks it out as the hat of choice of the Benedictine Imperial Abbot; a man whose title is just slightly more exciting than his headwear. We’ll excuse the lack of elan on the ground of monastic asceticism.    


  1. More cold water, but... says who? I've never encountered this. Since Benedictines don't wear birettas it seems very unlikely.

  2. OK, Mr Philippi says the abbot of St Michael's Abbey at Metten wears one of these. (Though not an imperial abbey according to Wikipedia.)