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Sumptuary Law in Italy 1200-1500$
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Catherine Kovesi Killerby

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199247936

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199247936.001.0001

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The Church and Sumptuary Law

The Church and Sumptuary Law

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Sumptuary Law in Italy 1200-1500

Catherine Kovesi Killerby (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter examines the existence of the conciliar pronouncement of the Council of Lyon in 1274, as well as the historians' interpretation of Malespini's evidence. It explains that whilst the detailed examination of a single statement by Malespini might seem mere antiquarianism, its significance for the historiography of sumptuary law is greater than it may seem at first appearance. It adds that the existence or otherwise of conciliar sumptuary law is necessary in clarifying the position and influence of the Church in the revival and passage of secular sumptuary legislation in late medieval Italy.

Keywords:   conciliar pronouncement, Council of Lyon, Malespini, antiquarianism, historiography, sumptuary law, Church, Italy

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