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Cosmo, Antonio Pio. 2019. Clothing and nudeness of the dead sovereign: The monarchy of Sicily and the strategies for approaching the caesura of death. Medievalismo : 97–139. 43 pp.
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The contribution analyzes the role played by the use of sumptuous clothes as a status symbols in burial rites of the Sicilian royals. In particular, the contribution aims to focus on the dichotomy between the sumptuousness of burial clothes and the nakedness of the body, a metaphor of abdication and irremediable loss of the kingdom. Rich and elaborated clothing, therefore, were used as a metaphor of regal power, even in death. This contribution, albeit very interesting, is however extremely marginally focused on metaphor, and not at all on language, and is more a historical-archaeological study.