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From: Diane Hettrick <>
Subject: Re: Swords - Plowshares - Armor - Skirts
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 1998 23:43:00 -0800

PNaish wrote:
> I have been to a couple of museums both in Ireland and in the USA and know
> that the women and men may have been shorter in stature than some of us today
> but in order to carry and swing those weapons alone was a feat but to wear the
> heavy armor at the same time shows much physical strength on their part. I'm
> sure that both men and women alike would give modern weight lifters a run for
> their money especially when endurance was needed as well as one time lifts.

Those medieval skirts they wore, with petticoats, weighed around 50
pounds. Just standing up was an aerobic exercise!

Diane Hettrick
Washington State

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