Science and Industry

Science and Industry

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...at certain seasons of the year. The Greeks, when they protected their feet at all, wore a form of sandal laced about the foot and ankle; and the Romans wore sandals and low shoes, some of them with very thick soles, but having no heels. The barbarian tribes in northern countries wore moccasins and leggings very similar to those of the American Indians. Certain nations, as the Franks, carried the analogy to the Indian still further in their weapons and in some of their customs. For the Frankish soldier not only carried a tomahawk closely resembling that of the redskin, but was skilled in throwing it. These barbarians also scalped their victims in true Indian fashion. Among such Oriental nations as the Chinese there has been little change in the kind of footwear used for thousands of years. The thicksoled, heelless slipper, with the sole beveled at the point, was worn in antiquity just as it is worn to-day. Exactly when the wearing of heels began can not be definitely determined. It is known that the ordinary shoe of the Middle Ages was usually heeHess, altho sometimes of fantastic design. During the time that the wearing of body-armor was at its height--that is, between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries--most fantastic and inconvenient forms of foot-gear were worn at certain periods, but such extravagance in design was usually directed to the toe of the boot rather than to the heel. This was true of the armor itself as well as the shoes ordinarily worn. Not content with weighting themselves down with encumhering armor for protection, the knights of that day frequently added to the weight of their already cumbersome load by lengthening and broadening the toes of their metal shoes in a most astonishing manner. From the fact that spurs must...show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236784146
  • 9781236784148