Manners maketh man…….

Daniel of Beccles wrote in his book Of the Civilized Man (Urbanus Magnus), a three thousand line work on the subject of manners sometime in the 13th century, which included some wonderful words of advice on dining etiquette. I am particularly taken with his last suggestion:   Should you desire …

Chastity shoes…….

In Les voyages du Signeur de Villamont (1610), which was the most popular French travel book of its time. Jacques de Villamont (1560 – 1625) describes a rather curious fashion peculiar to the women of Venice: “Married women wear gowns padded in front and behind. They wear their hair dyed …