Well legally men could wear a dress in France as far back as the crusade era. Women however were executed if they dressed up as a man, as the men had more rights then women did. it was looked at as an excuse for a woman to gain the status and rights of a man and was considered highly illegal thus punishable by death. I did a lot of crusade era stuff and despite what the SCA says dressing up as the opposite gender is historically accurate. They threw me out for being transgender and if we had the rights we have now I would have fought them.
"Luceo Non Uro" - I Shine Not Burn - MacLeod of Lewis, Raasay and Assynt, 1200AD - present
"History is full of great people, great heroes. I am no hero just a baymen with a great dream" - My brother, Lt MacLeod, Sqdn 439, RCAF.