Re: Sumptuary Laws
- --- In Authentic_SCA@yahoogroups.com, "sismith42" <sismith42@y...>
>One person's snobbery is another person's authenticity ...
> > dubious. And peers' circlets are just right out ....
> What's a peer's circlet?
> > 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
> I agree. I've had it explained to me elsewhere that such laws "add
> to the ambiance, and help with the feel and..." I dunno. I think
> it's just another way to add snobbery and such to events.
> :P Stefania
"[...] Or any other aspect of social forms, which many scholars would
say are more important differences between the middle ages and
renaissance and the present than material things. Their duct-tape and
rattan not-withstanding, the S.C.A. makes a better representation of
that side of the past, as they march to war in their shires, baronies
and kingdoms, and in the acts of obsequiousness performed in order to
gain the attention of those higher up the hierarchy. There is an
organic social dynamic at work there, which closely approximates that
of the middle ages and renaissance, in spirit, if not in detail."
There are several interesting essays about historical
reenactment/recreation on this guy's site.
- 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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