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This depended greatly from one country to the other.In Italy, veils, including face veils, were worn in some regions until the 1970s.For many centuries, until around 1175, Anglo-Saxon and then Anglo-Norman women, with the exception of young unmarried girls, wore veils that entirely covered their hair, and often their necks up to their chins (see wimple).Only in the Tudor period (1485), when hoods became increasingly popular, did veils of this type become less common.The veiling of matrons was also customary in ancient Greece. Classical Greek and Hellenistic statues sometimes depict Greek women with both their head and face covered by a veil.
They shall not take her jewelry; he who has seized her shall take her clothing; they shall strike her 50 blows with rods; they shall pour hot pitch over her head.
Unmarried girls normally didn't veil their heads, but matrons did so to show their modesty and chastity, their pudicitia.
Veils also protected women against the evil eye, it was thought.
Besides its enduring religious significance, veiling continues to play a role in some modern secular contexts, such as wedding customs. A wife-of-a-man, or [widows], or [Assyrian] women who go out into the main thoroughfare [shall not have] their heads [bare].
[...] A prostitute shall not veil herself, her head shall be bare.
Veiling, covering the hair rather than the face, was a common practice with church-going women until the 1960s, Catholic women typically using lace, and a number of very traditional churches retain the custom. Lace face-veils are still often worn by female relatives at funerals in some Catholic countries.