Observations of Savoy.

In Lasnebourg which was the last towne of Savoy that I lodged in, situate under the foote of that exceeding high mountaine Senis, I observed these three things. First the shortnesse of the womens wastes not naturally but artificially. For all women both of that towne and all other places besides betwixt that and Novalaise towne of Piemont, at the descent of the mountaine Senys on the other side, some twelve miles off, did gird them selves so high that the distance betwixt their shoulders and their girdle seemed to be but a little handfull. Secondly, the heigth of their beds : for they were so high High beds. that a man could hardly get into his bedde without some kinde of climing, so that a man needed a ladder to get up as we say here in England. Thirdly, the strangenesse and quaintnesse of the womens head attire. For they wrappe and fold together after a very unseemly fashion, almost as much linnen upon their heads as the Turkes doe in those linnen caps they weare, which are called Turbents.

Citation Type  Prose
Citation Year 1602