Ragtag Daily Prompt: Silk

From day one of her ascension to the throne, Pirouette made clear certain changes to court etiquette. While both men and women were still required to wear wigs, men were now allowed to wear either white or black wigs. The shiny, silky black wigs could extend down to the shoulders. Women, on the other hand, were still required to wear white, powdered wigs. The heavy white foundation, the mouche here or there (chin or cheek were also still required by both sexes. Probably the most onerous and expensive change was the requirement for all men and women to wear silk stockings.

When Pirouette assumed the high office of Queen, all stockings had to be imported, making just a few pair equivalent in value to a small house. Ever the economizer, Pirouette managed to smuggle the necessities for silk manufacture into the Kingdom: silkworms, mulberry trees, harvesters and so on. Pirouette maintained a strict monopoly on the silk trade in her kingdom, thus making it an indirect tax on the nobility and wealthy commoners. In years to come, Queen Pirouette would be given the sobriquet of “the Wise.”

Published by Russell Smith

I was born at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. I find inspiration in the lives of so many people from Joan of Arc to Oscar Wilde. While my primary avocation is photography, I also enjoy philosophy, theology and most of all, history. My beloved wife, Robin Anne Smith, who passed away in 2013 is an inspiration to me. My beloved partner, Dana is also a great support and inspiration to me. I'd be remiss if I did not mention my cats: Maxwell, Nigel, Pirouette and GarGar.

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