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Sumptuary Law in Italy 1200-1500

Catherine Kovesi Killerby


The luxurious spending habits of Italians in the Renaissance are well known. The new luxury, however, was not greeted with universal approval, and chroniclers, poets, churchmen, and statesmen were often critical of, and preoccupied by, its effects. The most voluminous and telling evidence of this preoccupation is the body of laws enacted to restrict and regulate all aspects of luxury consumption — the so-called sumptuary laws. This book offers the first comprehensive study of Italian sumptuary laws through a chronological, geographical, and thematic survey of more than three hundred laws enact ... More

Keywords: luxurious spending habits, luxury consumption criticism, Renaissance Italians, Italian sumptuary laws, luxury consumption regulation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199247936
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199247936.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Kovesi Killerby, author
Lecturer in History, University of Melbourne
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