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Sumptuary Laws in Portugal and its Empire from the Fourteenth to the Eighteenth Century

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Right to Dress. Sumptuary Laws in a Global Perspective, c. 1200-1800
EditorsGiorgio Riello, Ulinka Rublack
PublisherCambridge University Press, Cambridge
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)978-1-108-47591-4
Published20 Jan 2019

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This is the first overall analysis of the sumptuary laws in Portugal and its empire from beginning to end. It is based on legislation, but also on material cultural, political debate and correspondence. It shows the selective impact on the colonies, relatively spared from this legislation, as well as the reduced impact on women. The role of the Enlightenment to terminate this legislation is addressed here.

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