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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1854 Excerpt: ...to the mantle or cloak, which hung down before and behind, and was fastened on one shoulder with a brooch or buckle. They covered their legs with a kind of bandage, which was wound round, or with a stocking reaching above the knee. They had also a sort of boot, curiously ornamented at the top. The females wore a long loose robe, reaching to the ground. The head was covered with a hood, or veil, which, falling down in front, was wrapped about the neck. The Anglo-Saxons considered fine hair as one of the greatest ornaments to their persons, and took great pains to dress it to advantage. Young unmarried women wore their hair uncovered, and flowing in ringlets over their shoulders, but as soon as they were married, they cut it shorter, tied it up, and put on a head-dress. To have the hair entirely cut off was a great disgrace,--so much so, that it was used as a capital punishment. The clergy were obliged to shave the crowns of their heads, and to keep their hair short, which distinguished them from the laity. The men allowed their beards to grow. The Saxons never went to war without consulting their wives, to whose advice they paid the greatest regard. Their arms consisted of a spear or lance, which was carried in the hand, a long sword appended to their side, a short dagger, which was stuck into a girdle placed round the tunic for that purpose, and a shield. The latter was held of such importance, that if a soldier lost his shield, he was prohibited all participation in sacred rites, and so severely was this privation felt, that many who had incurred it destroyed themselves, rather than exist under the imputation of dishonor. In peace they wore on their heads a bonnet, but when going to war they placed on their heads a metaT helmet. They went singing to war, c...
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