Re: Sumptuary Laws
> From: "Kass McGann" <historian@...><<<
> Subject: RE: Sumptuary Laws
> I have to tell you all that this kinda stuff really breaks my
> biscuit. I mean, I wouldn't dream of walking around with a crown on
> my head or wearing a laurel wreath or anything. But if someone
> honestly gives me a hard time about a bunch of chain (like someone
> talked about the white strap of their bag looking like a baldric),
> I'm afraid I'm going to have to go balistic.
My lord husband once received, from the hand of a queen (it was a
thank-you for working at an event), a string of small (3mm) gold beads,
which he wore proudly for the rest of that queen's reign. A knight had
the audacity to come up and tell him that he shouldn't be wearing it
because it was too much like a gold chain. Needless to say, he wore it
I just think it's a darned shame that all the knights are so terribly
nearsighted. Perhaps we should take up a collection to get them some
The Outlands, by the way, has no sumptuary laws ... but there are some
customs that are pretty strongly adhered to. The most major ones
involve the wearing of metal on one's head -- people below the grant of
arms level are strongly discouraged from wearing metal of any kind,
including metallic trim, on their heads. Even the wearing of circlets
by those with grants of arms is a recently-adopted custom (you know,
within the last ten years), and is therefore considered somewhat
dubious. And peers' circlets are just right out ....
I guess I don't mind reserving a limited number of items for those who
have earned high ranks. What I do object to are those who feel it's
their duty to harass newcomers who have, in their ignorance,
inadvertently worn one of these items. There are polite ways to take
the lady aside who has arrived wearing a huge diamond tiara and
proclaiming herself to be "Princess Buttercup," and explain to her why
this isn't a good idea. But a lot of the time, it just seems like
sumptuary laws are just an excuse for small-minded people to be rude.
(so does anyone know where one could order a nice peers' circlet???
- The Courtesans in Venice wore Pearls even though they were strictly for
nobility and clergy.. the fine for doing such an act is compared to todays
speeding tickets... you generally pay the fine but Keep speeding... the
Courtesans paid their fines and wore pearls anyway.
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