Friday, June 7, 2013

Sixteenth Century Quote of the Week

Charles V with a dog by Titian (1533)
The rest of France takes for its fashion the fashion of the court. Would that offence might be taken at those disgusting breeches which display so openly our private parts; at that thick padding-out of doublets, which make us quite other than we are, so inconvenient in putting on armour; at those long effeminate tresses; at that fashion of kissing what we give to our friends, and our hands in saluting them--an act of homage formerly due to princes alone; and that a gentleman should appear in a place of ceremony without his sword at his side, all unbuttoned and untrussed, as if he were just from the house of office...

Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French statesman and essayist
"Of Sumptuary Laws," Essais I, Ch. XLIII
translated by George B. Ives

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