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What is the origin of the black arm band worn in some countries to indicate mourning?

Question #128469. Asked by spanishliz.
Last updated Aug 11 2021.
Originally posted Dec 18 2012 9:07 AM.

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The custom of wearing unadorned black clothing for mourning dates back at least to the Roman Empire, when the Toga pulla made of dark-colored wool was worn during periods of mourning.

Through the Middle Ages and Renaissance, distinctive mourning was worn for general as well as personal loss. After the Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre of Huguenots in France, Elizabeth I of England and her court are said to have dressed in full mourning to receive the French Ambassador.

Dec 18 2012, 9:31 AM
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Here's a source more specifically related to black armbands. It seems like the tradition of the black armband was started in England in the 1770s.


Response last updated by CmdrK on Aug 11 2021.
Dec 18 2012, 10:19 AM
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