Gloves guide part 1

Reasons why EVERY man needs leather touchscreen gloves for winter

Gloves guide part 1

The history of gloves, number 1:

Gloves have been around since the antiquity. Even Homer’s The Odyssey mentioned the use of gloves when Laertes wore them to avoid the brambles in his garden. In the History of Herodotus from 440BC, the story tells us how Leotychides was incriminated by a gauntlet full of silver pieces that he had received as a bribe. The list goes on, and the use of gloves is widely documented. One of the most important historical uses of a glove was in chain-mail armor worn by soldiers and knights during the medieval ages. The gauntlets were a significant piece in any combat arsenal and were used to assist in defensive maneuvers against sharp and blunt instruments such as swords. However, with the decline of archaic weaponry and the advent of firearms, the chances a soldier would have to fight sword-to-sword were becoming increasingly rare as time progressed, therefore leaving the metal gauntlets as showpieces on statues of knights as well as on the knights themselves.

The history of gloves, number 2:

Members of royalty began to embroider the gloves with jewels and their crests. It is said that King Henry II was buried wearing his coronation robe, a crown and his gloves on his hands. King John and King Edward I were also buried in a similar fashion. Drawing off the support of kings, the pope, bishops, and cardinals began to wear gloves called Pontifical gloves during a celebration of mass. Liturgical ornaments continued to be worn and protected the hands of their wearers for what was believed to be cleanliness well into the first half of the eleventh century. By the mid-thirteenth century, gloves became a fashion statement for women and therefore became highly ornamental. Made of silk or fine linen, they were forearm length, sometimes reaching and mildly covering the elbow. Initially believed to impart some modesty by covering her up, men took notice and felt they were being used for vain purposes and laws were enacted in the hopes of ceasing this so-called vain behavior.

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