Percy Society Volume 27

Percy Society Volume 27

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1849 edition. Excerpt: ... a proud woman" (here translated from Mr. Wright's Collection of Latin Stories, published by the Percy Society)--"I have heard of a proud woman, who wore a white dress, with a long tail;" ' which trailing behind her, raised a dust, even as far the altar and the crucifix. But, as she left the church, and lifted up her train on account of the dirt, a certain holy man saw a devil laughing; and having adjured him to tell why he laughed, the devil said: 'a companion of mine was just now sitting on the train of that woman, using it as if it were his chariot, but when she lifted her train up, my companion was shaken off into the dirt: and that is why I was laughing.' " The custom continued until the reign of Edward IV, when the ladies even exceeded their previous doings, and an enormous quantity of cloth was used to widen and lengthen the gown. Chalmers says: --" The parliament of James II did all that men could do to regulate dress, and to restrain the tails ofwomen, as we know from Robertson's Parliamentary Records. Dunbar drew his sharpest pen against the ladies' farthingaillis; and reproves with wittiest indig-nat.ion--'Sicfowl taillis to sweep the valsay clene; The dust upskaillis rnony a fillock.' Lyndesay seems to have had his eye on this sumptuary satire of Dunbar, when he sat down to pen his ' Supplication against Syde Taillis.' Yet, did our poet express his contemption in vain. In his ' Monarchies' he again attacks female fashions; he arraigns the ladyia with a sort of profane mixture of seriousness and levity, at the judgment-seat of final retribution: --Raising the dust into the atreit; That day, for all your pomp and pryde, Your taillis sall...show more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236903951
  • 9781236903952