Sumptuary laws


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laws intended to restrain or limit the expenditure of citizens in apparel, food, furniture, etc.; laws which regulate the prices of commodities and the wages of labor; laws which forbid or restrict the use of certain articles, as of luxurious apparel.

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These clothes and trinkets they were wearing were as fine and dainty as the shrewdest stretch of the sumptuary laws allowed to people of their degree; and in these pretty clothes, she crying on his shoulder, and he trying to comfort her with hopeful words set to the music of despair, they went from the judgment seat out into the world homeless, bedless, breadless; why, the very beggars by the road- sides were not so poor as they.
The guests were now seated at the table laden with the first course, which they ate as provincials eat, without shame at possessing a good appetite, and not as in Paris, where it seems as if jaws gnashed under sumptuary laws, which made it their business to contradict the laws of anatomy.
Interestingly noted is that Spain's sumptuary laws were much less strictly adhered to in its territories in the New World, thus a wider range of social classes in Mexico City and Lima owned Chinese silk.
Moreover, the author's analysis of these specific texts is situated within an impressive historical and critical framework; starting in the late medieval period with brief considerations of 14th-century sumptuary laws and writers such as Christine De Pizan, she draws parallels between descriptions of women's public appearances from the 15th-century works of Leon Battista Alberti to late 19thcentury capitalist society.
Geisst argues that early sumptuary laws were intended to stem excessive temptations to buy, but such restrictions were replaced by a concept of consumption as aspiration, exemplified by the "American Dream" in the twentieth century.
Outside the Ghetto Jews, according to the Republic's sumptuary laws (which applied to all "outsiders" and were, in fact, prevalent throughout Europe), had to wear certain distinguishing symbols--typically a yellow hat, scarf or yellow badge (later, it was a red hat).
Sumptuary laws and expectations around dress rendered costume a matter of import for local and national governance.
The money lavished on such finery moved local governments to pass sumptuary laws.
As Cohen's language suggests, in this period protectionism took on a moral quality independent of economic arguments, with high tariffs acting in the role of sumptuary laws.
The different Renaissance city-states had various sumptuary laws meant to control the image of women.
Sumptuary laws in France were increasingly ignored following the 1715 death of Louis XIV, whose ancien regime court was characterized by luxurious clothing.
This final stanza of a poem in protest of sumptuary laws generates stirring and precise insights for the reader: the exhortation "exhume our bodies" reveals, at the level of syntax, the extent to which those bodies are coeval with a "history of women, real and image.