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Size: 3" x 5"
Copyrighted: 1893
Lithographer: Kaufmann & Strauss

Medieval France - fine costumes, courtship

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Medieval France.
THE France of medieval times was characterized by a much more attractive civilization than any of its European contemporaries. Lightness and gayety have ever been qualities for which the French have been famed, and these were joyous times indeed. Even the peasantry were delighted spectators of the pageants which the nobility were so fond of instituting. The tourney and the bout were succeeded by the Mime, and the rude and uncouth combats that were often marked by the death of an occasional contestant made way for more gentle sports--the knight was supplanted by the courtier.
The almost invariable vehicle of conveyance in cities for high born dames through the narrow streets was the sedan-chair. Could there have been devised a more elegant frame for setting off grace and beauty? Charming indeed were these quilted satin affairs, made of quaintly carved wood, and carried by stout men-servants, accompanied perchance on horse-back, by some cavalier whose devotion to the fair inmate might have been surmised by his ardent attentions.
While replete with festive gayety and pleasure this period adhered to no particular line of sport. We find tennis, croquet and billiard favorite games and hunting the deer was largely indulged in.
A volatile people will dance; and when grace is given to its maidens, together with expressive features and a most pronounced gift of arraying their dainty forms in lovely costumes, the effect of their dancing is most pleasing. Even the young men of medieval France knew how to dress with most exquisite taste, and almost all the bisque figures which delight our eyes when we gaze at them upon our mantel-shelves will attest this fact.

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