during the tudor age,the broad physique of england'z king henry viii (1491-1547) set the fashion.throughout europe,the style-conscious abandoned the attenuated toes of the earlier period and began to wear broad, blunt-toed footwear known as 'duck billz' or 'cow mouth' shoes.at their most extreme, these wide-toed shoes could be almost as wide as they were long. this pair of sabutonz and greavez date to the mid 16th century.
Bury St Edmunds Abbey ruins, Suffolk, England, UK. In 1214, the Archbishop of Canterbury and 25 barons swore at the high altar that they would make King John sign the charter that would become Magna Carta. He signed it (under protest) at Runnymede the following year. The top and bottom photos show the high altar where the barons made their vow; the middle engravings mark the spot and list the 25 barons. The town’s motto is “Shrine of a King; Cradle of the Law”.