Chapter Xi

REIGN OP RICHARD II., 1377-1399.

The march of fpppery was accelerated under the reign of the weak and luxurious Richard of Bordeaux. " Fashions from proud Italy," and many imported by Queen Anne from Bohemia, infected even the menial servants. The vanity of the common people in their dress was so great, says Knighton, that it was [impossible to distinguish the rich from the poor, the high from the low, the clergy from the laity, by their appearance. What it was impossible to do then we may be surely excused attempting now; and therefore we shall confine ourselves to' dividing the male from the female dress, the civil from the military.1

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