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widow's weeds

Female mourning costume. The word “weed” comes from an Old English word for “garment.” As a phrase to wear widow's weeds simply means to be in mourning. Many cultures have had or still have a custom of wearing distinctive clothing to mark a husband's death. In Victorian England, for example, a widow wore black for the first year and a day, then moved through dark purple and other somber colors to lighter shades. However, the queen who gave her name to the era wore no other color than black after the death of her beloved husband Prince Albert. Many widows in many Mediterranean countries, most notable Greece and southern Italy, wear black for the rest of their lives.
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79] The humanistic decorum demanded of women in the royal complaintes and coded in terms of silence, bodily restraint, widow's weeds, and confinement to the home, served not just to banish the "loud and indecent wailing, horrible keening, and holy altars shak[ing] with the wailing of women once complained about by Petrarch and to remove women from the public rituals of mourning once dominated by them, but to remove women from public life more generally.
SHE may be wearing widow's weeds - but Angela Harris has a more sinister reason for bidding her husband Tommy a final farewell.
And donning the widow's weeds that Victoria wore from the day her husband died, Prunella takes the part of the Queen looking back over her life through the words of her journals and letters.
Tonight however, you can see Prunella don a prosthetic nose and the widow's weeds to portray the Vicster in a series of reconstructions.
Even her daughter's wedding, in July 1962, was conducted, in dress and solemnity, as if it were a funeral, and Victoria wore her widow's weeds for Prince Edward's wedding in the following year.
Even in passion-killing widow's weeds, Kitty Aldridge somehow stayed sexy AND not so prude in a snood (that's a medieval hairnet - watch for it in Call My Bluff).
Only the occasional food shortages, the price of coal and the fogs, which crept into the crannies on winter nights and grew as thick as a widow's weeds to blacken the town, touched the times gone by.
I'M in mourning, clad in widow's weeds, for the first series of the magnificent Six Feet Under is dead and buried.
After the death of her husband in February, 1952, she scorned thoughts of withdrawal into widow's weeds as tradition seemed almost to dictate.
No one expected the players to be decked out in widow's weeds but as Eriksson took all the flak for them, it seemed reasonable to expect them to be just a little subdued.
WIDOW'S weeds clearly don't suit Mel (Tamzin Outhwaite) as she prepares for Steve's funeral.
No need to look like a cowed dowager in widow's weeds and Hinge and Bracket frumpiness and any fancy for the Scarlet O'Hara look, all bulging bodice and galleon-sail skirts, should be treated with HRT until the slimline, unadorned and elegant look comes sharply into focus.
But maybe we shouldn't be surprised at the drapery of this widow's weeds.