What does Scarlet and Miniver mean in A Proud Taste For Scarlet And Miniver?

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Scarlet is a bright red. At those times, the dye was not easy to come by, so it was reserved for those of the nobility. Eleanor wore a red  (scarlet) dress in her marriage to Louis. Henry II brought her a scarlet dress to wear when he needed her presence at court during her exile. Miniver is a type of fur that is pure white and comes from a stoat. It also is rare, and as such, was reserved for nobility. Eleanor proved herself to be worthy of these special symbols of a noble woman. She exhibited great pride in her accomplishments as a queen and a mother of kings.

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