Sumptuary legislation and other regulations pertaining to personal appearance in the seventeenth century

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Joana W. Phillips (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Helen Staley

Abstract: This is a study of "sumptuary regulation", its growth, change, and decline from 1300 to 1700. Specifically, the study will be limited to consideration of the sumptuary legislation and other regulations pertaining to personal appearance, in the English Colonies in North America, and Western Europe to include Italy, Germany, Switzerland, France, and England. In considering the growth, change, and decline of sumptuary regulation, the term growth has been interpreted to mean the frequency of occurrence and the northwestward spread of such laws through Europe to America; change was regarded as indicative of a change in character as well as a change from simple to complex; decline was related to the strictness of enforcement and the frequency of occurrence of sumptuary regulations.

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Language: English
Date: 1961
Sumptuary laws $z Europe $x History
Clothing and dress $z Europe $x Social aspects $x History
Police power $z Europe $x History

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