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I had NO idea! During the 13th century, gloves began to be worn by ladies as a fashion ornament. Made of linen and silk, they sometimes reached to the elbow. Such worldly accoutrements were not for holy women, according to the early thirteenth-century Ancrene Wisse, written for their guidance. Sumptuary laws were promulgated to restrain this vanity: against samite gloves in Bologna, 1294, against perfumed gloves in Rome, 1560
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