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Elaborate on the limitations that were forced on people in medieval Europe in terms of clothing.


Asked by Topperlearning User 5th October 2015, 12:37 PM
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The so called ‘sumptuary laws’ were in effect in France from about 1294 to the time of the French Revolution in 1789. The sumptuary laws tried to control the behavior of certain social classes that were considered ‘inferior’. They prevented such classes from wearing certain clothes, consuming certain foods and beverages and hunting game in certain areas. In medieval France, people could purchase cloth only according to their social rank. The material that was to be used for the clothes was also prescribed by the State. The use of expensive materials like ermine and fur, silk, velvet and brocade was the exclusive privilege of the royalty. Other classes were disallowed from using clothing materials associated with the aristocracy.


Answered by Expert 5th October 2015, 2:37 PM
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