Word of the Week: Sumptuary

As in:  “The passage of numerous sumptuary laws during this period testifies to the growing tendency of well-to-do burghers to imitate the nobility” (Tortora & Eubank, 2010, p. 149).

Tortora, P. G., & Eubank, K. (2010). Chapter six: The Late Middle Ages. In O.T. Kontzias et al. (Ed.), Survey of historic costume:  A history of Western dress  (5th ed.) (pp. 145-173).  New York, NY: Fairchild Books. 

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