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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. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ... shoes, provocative of satire and ridicule, became the vogue for lay folk, although they were not permitted to be worn by the clergy. A curious type, fashionable at this period, was that known as pigacia, the points of which resembled the tail of a scorpion. Another variety was that known as the cornado, in which the curl of a ram's horn was simulated. In the fourteenth century the shoes worn exhibited exaggerated right and left tendencies, the point immediately beyond the great toe being lengthened, whilst the curve on the outer side of the foot was strongly marked so as to show the precise outline at that point. The extravagant length of the toes of shoes reached its greatest development, perhaps, during the reign of Richard II, a period which was remarkable for elaborate and costly costume. At this epoch the long toes of boots and shoes are said to have been attached to the knees of the wearers in order to make walking a possible exercise. In a monumental effigy at Margate, Kent (that to Nicholas Canteys, who died in 1431), some good examples of shoes are represented, in which the whole of the surface of the leather is powdered with stars of various sizes, and the fastening is by means of lacing up the sides. Another example, also of the reign of Henry VI, is to be found in a brass of a franklin in Faversham parish church, Kent. In this instance the boots are fastened in front by means of two straps and buckles. Boots reaching somewhat higher up the leg, and fastened in front Boots, circa 1480 by four sets of straps and buckles, are represented in an interesting monument in Elford Church, Staffordshire, of about the year 1480. In the next example here figured we have a spurred, defensive boot of the year 1568 from the monumental brass...
  • ISBN13: 9781230732794
  • Publisher: Theclassics.Us
  • Pubilcation Year: 2013
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 00066
Publication DateSeptember 12, 2013
Primary CategoryHealth & Fitness/Beauty & Grooming - General
Sub Category 1History/General

English Costume from Prehistoric Times to the End of the Eighteenth Century

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