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why did the puritans were wigs

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Topaz2308 answers:

Puritans didn't wear wigs, false teeth or makeup as they felt is was a violation of Gods will and being called Puritans.

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Supplement from 02/07/2009 12:16am:

Hence being called Puritans that should read.

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P-Kasso answers:

Topaz is right.

It was the Cavaliers (or Royalists as they are also known) who wore wigs. Purely as a macho thing and also, in those pre Wash'n'Go days, because personal hygiene wasn't what it is now.

For balding cavaliers, wigs were as much a vanity thing as they are now.

This pic is of King Charles ii doing his famous Elton John impersonation.

You can find out more on the Royalists on...


or go into Wikipedia and key in Cavalier.

Supplement from 02/07/2009 12:02pm:

PS The Royalists were the political opponents of the Puritans and vice versa.

Supplement from 02/07/2009 12:05pm:

PPS Apart from vanity, wearing a wig (which were enormously expensive then) was also a clear sign of superior status and affluence. The then equivalent of wearing a £20,000 Rolex.

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