Habbo gets medieval

It’s funny thing. I was watching History Channel – the show was about the Middle Ages. Or more precisely, Edwardian rule – circa 1363.

At the same time, I was “playing” Habbo, or rather, visiting one of the more popular teen hangouts.

Back to Edwardian times and the Sumptuary Laws of 1363. I won’t bore you with all the details here (read them below):

“…no knight under the estate of a lord, esquire or gentleman , nor any other person, shall wear any shoes or boots having spikes or points which exceed the length of two inches, under the forfeiture of forty pence.”

Ok, now compare it to the fremium model, as implemented by Habbo and many others (screen reflects the “hero editor“):

More Sumptuary Laws for your amusement:

From time to time England enacted laws to regulate expenditure in the matter of clothes. At this date we find “Furs of ermine and lettice and embellishment of pearls, excepting for a headdress, strictly forbidden to any one not of the Royal family or a noble having upwards of 1,000 pounds per annum.” Cloths of gold and silver, habits embroidered with jewelry, lined with pure minniver and other expensive furs, were permitted to knights and ladies whose incomes exceeded four hundred marks yearly. Knights whose incomes exceeded two hundred marks, or squires possessing two hundred pounds in lands or tenements, were permitted to wear cloth of silver, with ribands, girdles, etc., reasonably embellished with silver and woolen cloth of the value of six marks the whole piece; but all persons under the rank of knighthood or of less property than the last mentioned were confined to the use of cloth not exceeding four marks the whole piece, and prohibited from wearing silks and embroidered garments of any sort, or embellishing their apparel with any kind of ornaments of gold, silver or jewelry. “Rings, buckles, ouches (pins), girdles and ribands all forbidden decorations to them”; the penalty annexed to the infringement of this statute was “the forfeiture of the dress or ornament so made or worn.”


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