The opposition was not always limited to feats of endurance of this kind.
We know for certain that these feats, and hundreds more like them, are true.
The building of the Canadian Pacific railway through almost continuous rocks for 800 miles was one of the greatest engineering feats of modern times.
After performing several feats of valour, he was appointed by Hera to watch the cow into which Io had been transformed.
Battles became all but bloodless; diplomacy and tactics superseded feats of arms and hard blows in pitched fields.
The principal feats of arms which mark the first years of John the Good's reign were the taking of St Jean d'Angely by the French in 1351, the defeat of the English near St Omer in 1352, and the English victory near Guines in the same year.
The Greeks and Romans, especially the former, were skilled horsemen, and feats on horseback were a feature of their games.
Attracted at first by Italy, dreaming of fair feats of prowess, he led the triumphal Marignano expedition, which gained him reputation as a knightly king and as the most powerful prince in Europe.
Incest is one of the feats of Heitsi Eibib.
The battle opened with a confused cavalry fight on the French right, in which individual feats of knightly gallantry were more noticeable than any attempt at combined action.
They were for some time compelled to find subsistence by exhibitions of feats of strength and agility at fairs and on the streets of London.
All the gods were once men, whose real feats have been decorated and distorted by later fancy.
Here the mountains seized him, and he became a constant visitor and one of the most intrepid and most resolute of explorers; among other feats of climbing he was the first to ascend the Weiss - horn (1861).
But, although these eminent warriors were subsequently elected as vacancies occurred, their admission was postponed to that of several very young and in actual warfare comparatively unknown knights, whose claims to the honour may be most rationally explained on the assumption that they had excelled in the particular feats of arms which preceded the institution of the order.
The process of inauguration was commenced in the evening by the placing of the candidate under the care of two "esquires of honour grave and well seen in courtship and nurture and also in the feats of chivalry," who were to be " governors in all things relating to him."
Here he is represented as the son of a king saved from a slaughter of the innocents, brought up by a cowherd, sporting with the milkmaids, and performing miraculous feats in his childhood.
in the Merlin proper, Gawain is a dominant personality, his feats rivalling in importance those ascribed to Arthur, but in the later forms such as the Merlin continuations, the Tristan, and the final Lancelot compilation, his character and position have undergone a complete change, he is represented as cruel, cowardly and treacherous, and of indifferent moral character.
This poem is valuable, as, presuming upon the sufficiency of his disguise, Tristan audaciously gives a resume of his feats and of his relations with Iseult, in this agreeing with the version of Thomas.
The common soldiers were promoted for acts of daring, and the children of chiefs were regularly trained to war, and initiated by being sent into battle with veterans, with whose aid the youth took his first prisoner, but his future rise depended on how many captives he took unaided in fight with warlike enemies; by such feats he gained the dignity of wearing coloured blankets, tassels and lip-jewels, and reached such military titles as that of " guiding eagle."
In May 1692 during the witchcraft delusion, on the accusation of some personal enemies in his former congregation who had sued him for debt, Burroughs was arrested and charged, among other offences, with "extraordinary Lifting and such feats of strength as could not be done without Diabolicall Assistance."
But the necessary supplies were never forthcoming and the diet remained absolutely indifferent to the triumphs of Zolkiewski and the other great generals who performed Brobdingnagian feats with Lilliputian armies.
His immense stature and enormous feats of strength attracted the attention of the emperor Septimius Severus.
In the intervals of his campaignings and cruelties the sultan would amuse his entourage by exhibiting feats of strength, or compose verses, some of which were published under the pseudonym of Muradi.
He was represented as a warrior performing superhuman feats, as a ruler dispensing perfect justice, and even as a martyr suffering for the faith.
he distinguished himself by feats of arms which the epic poets were quick to celebrate.
Gairsay (33) was the residence of Sweyn Asleifson, the rover, celebrated in the Orkneyinga Saga for his exploits as a trencherman and his feats in battle.
This was said in reference to the boasts in which Hobbes seems to have been freely indulging of having squared the circle and accomplished other such feats; and, when a year later the De corpore (L.W.
The recognized books of jurisprudence, some of which run to over twenty folio volumes, are vastly learned, and occasionally show sound sense, but excel mainly in useless hair-splitting and feats of scholastic gymnastics, for which the Arabian race has a natural gift.
Old legends represent him as having exterminated the Picts to the last man; and the Picts become, hi popular tradition, a mythical folk, hardly human, to whom great feats, including the building of Glasgow cathedral, are attributed, as the walls of Tiryns and Mycenae in Greece were traditionally assigned to the energy of the Cyclopes.
Poets of a later generation invented the story of the secret marriage of his sister Ximena with Sancho, count of Saldana, and the feats of their son Bernardo del Carpio.
After a year and a half in London, Franklin was persuaded by a friend named Denham, a Quaker merchant, to return with him to America and engage in mercantile business; he accordingly gave up printing, but a few days before sailing he received a tempting offer to remain and give lessons in swimming - his feats as a swimmer having given him considerable reputation - and he says that he might have consented " had the overtures been sooner made."
Every Afghan gentleman can read and speak Persian, but beyond this acquirement education seems to be limited to the physical development of the youth by instruction in horsemanship and feats of skill.
It was for her sake, he said, that the Greeks and Barbarians fought, deluding themselves with an image of truth, for the real being was then present with the First God.3 By such specious allegories and Grecian fables Simon deceived many, while at the same time he astounded them by his magic. A description is given of how he made a familiar spirit for himself by conjuring the soul out of a boy and keeping his image in his bedroom, and many instances of his feats of magic are given.
(3) Similar feats have been frequently recorded, but in each case they are supported by authentic evidence which is lacking in this case.
Nothing was published about the marvellous working of the railways, one of the most remarkable feats in history.
The Latin king rode behind the Greek emperor, without any of the insignia of his dignity, at the entry into Antioch; but their relations were of the friendliest, and Manuel - as great a physician as he was a hunter - personally attended to Baldwin when the king was thrown from his horse in attempting to equal the emperor's feats of horsemanship. In the same year Baldwin had to undertake the regency in Antioch once more, Raynald of Chatillon, the second husband of Constance, being captured in battle.
Both feats are deservedly commemorated by Augustus himself in the Ancyran monument.
His agility was not less remarkable than his strength; he excelled in all athletic feats which demanded suppleness of limb and quickness of eye.
Al~mad al-Asadi, the author of the oldest Persian glossary, who completed in 1066 (458 A.H.), in upwards of 9000 distichs, the Gars/zaslrnama, or marvellous story of tlie warlike feats and love adventures of Garshasp, one of Rustams ancestors.
Justin goes on to speak, as from personal knowledge, of the feats of magic performed by Menander, another Samaritan and a disciple of Simon's, who persuaded his followers that they would never die.
One of his feats at Rome is to have himself beheaded and to rise again on the third day.
Feats of arms, great battles, heroic virtues, devoted friendships and atrocious crimes make the chronicles of China in the 5th, 6th and 7th centuries before the birth of Christ as attractive as those of France and England in the 14th and some other centuries after it.
The Kung family, however, became reduced, and by-and-by its chief representative moved from Sung to Lu, where in the early part of the 6th century we meet with Shuh-liang Heih, the father of Confucius, as commandant of the district of Tsow, and an officer renowned for his feats of strength and daring.
All classes delight in hearing or intoning the endless romances which celebrate the feats of their national heroes; for every true Serb lives as much in the past as in the present, and medieval wars still constantly furnish themes of new legends and ballads.
The idea that a boar, or a god in the shape of a boar, fished up a bit of earth, which subsequently became the world, out of the waters, is very well known to the Aryans of India, and recalls the feats of American musk-rats and coyotes already described.'
They appeared respectively in 1885, 1888 and 1890, and were without doubt remarkable feats to be performed by a man who had passed his eightieth year.
Albert, who was a man of great strength and considerable skill in feats of arms, delighted in tournaments and knightly exercises.
while every house and family draweth to it the honour and renown of noble exploits, martial feats and dignities by any untruth and lie, so it be colourable."
He had many prodigious diving feats.
capable of amazing feats of melody.
consummate showman, he displays childlike wonder at his own feats.
REWARD: Bravery award for deafblind daredevil A DAREDEVIL from Peterborough, known for performing death-defying feats, has received an award for courage.
daring feats that I would like to carry out in the future.
Faire Maid, is't thou wilt doe these wondrous feats?
Then came the product inside the tent: Physical feats, packaged as multimedia extravaganza.
feats of bravery at Ypres, most of which went unrecorded in the confusion.
This book enables the complete beginner to master and perform exactly the same astounding feats as Derren Brown himself.
Dogs can perform remarkable feats to reach a female in heat.
John has traveled the world amazing people with his incredible feats of head balancing, in the process setting numerous Guinness World Records.
With each passing day human intelligence enlarges the horizons of the possible and achieves prodigious feats.
What will next year bring in terms of engineering feats?
gawp in amazement at these feats of faith.
The feats of memory required are really absolutely gigantic.
heroic feats of abstinence from athletes bent only on sporting glory.
imbued with a natural desire to excel in physical feats.
The attempt to erect a lighthouse on a reef 12 miles off the coast was one of the heroic engineering feats of the day.
New feats, magic items and character types are also introduced to aid and hinder the neophyte chaos mage and his static magic counterparts.
Thus, in his experiments, he measured electromagnetic fields around subjects performing allegedly paranormal feats.
repeat the feats of last season.
But unlike other savants, who can perform similar feats, Tammet can describe how he does it.
superhuman feats of modern engineering.
unbelievable feats of courage.
uncompromising terrain spawned some spectacular feats of engineering.
They have, for example, a demon of the waterfall, a demon of wild-beast tracks, a demon which interferes with snares for wild-fowl, a baboon demon, which takes possession of dancers and causes them to perform wonderful feats of climbing, &c. But it is impossible to do more than deal with a few types, which will illustrate the main features of the demonology of savage, barbarous and semicivilized peoples.
In these last the ballad-mongers, not to let their native hero be outdone by the Amadises, the Esplandians, and the Felixmartes, engage him in the most extravagant adventures - making war upon the king of France and upon the emperor, receiving embassies from the soldan of Persia, bearding the pope at Rome, and performing other feats not mentioned even in the Poem or the Chronicle.
While he was in the bath two " ancient and grave knights " attended him " to inform, instruct and counsel him touching the order and feats of chivalry," and when they had fulfilled their mission they poured some of the water of the bath over his shoulders, signing the left shoulder with the cross, and retired.
In these degenerate days their supernatural powers consist chiefly in conjuring, sooth-saying, and feats of jugglery, by which they seldom fail in imposing upon a credulous public. (3) Sannyasis, devotees who" renounce "earthly concerns, an order not confined either to the Brahmanical caste or to the Saiva persuasion.
But we have to picture him as anon coming out and gathering about him a tatterdemalion company, and jesting with them until they were in fits of laughter, for the sake of observing their burlesque physiognomies; anon as eagerly frequenting the society of men of science and learning of an older generation like the mathematician Benedetto Aritmetico, the physician, geographer and astronomer Paolo Toscanelli, the famous Greek Aristotelian Giovanni Argiropoulo; or as out-rivalling all the youth of the city now by charm of recitation, now by skill in music and now by feats of strength and horsemanship; or as stopping to buy caged birds in the market that he might set them free and watch them rejoicing in their flight; or again as standing radiant in his rose-coloured cloak and his rich gold hair among the throng of young and old on the piazza, and holding them spellbound while he expatiated on the great projects in art and mechanics that were teeming in his mind.
Yet by ~ of endless feats of skilful generalship the regent continued to maintain a hold on Paris and on Normandy.
They will need some quality freshers if they are to repeat the feats of last season.
The hit series is back with more superhuman feats of modern engineering.
There exists an unpaid Lifeboat Service which has carried out numerous unbelievable feats of courage.
Throughout Central and Southern Africa, the uncompromising terrain spawned some spectacular feats of engineering.
You may become even more tired if you have been trying to accomplish these rescue feats yourself.
Blaine's stunts aren't necessarily magical, just feats of endurance, mixed in with a little bit of crazy.
You earn "Madden Points" for completing certain feats in a game--Completing a 40-yard pass, for example.
Beyond these initial 12 characters, there are also several characters that can be unlocked by achieving certain feats in Mario Kart Wii.
Instead, the best Mario Party DS cheats are those that reward you for completing certain feats and fulfilling certain requirements.
The PSX GameShark is a device that allows players to easily enter cheats for their favorite games without needing to enter tricky codes or repeatedly perform feats of gaming single-mindedness.
Environments will continue to grow, making feats like load-screen-free games (as in Tony Hawk's American Wasteland and the Xbox's SSX 2) more commonplace.
Often described as sleek, streamlined and stylish, electronic wine bottle chillers are feats of technological genius.
This is a yacht lounging swimsuit that is as sophisticated as it is costly and completely useless for athletic feats.
Unfortunately, these feats of engineering can be somewhat uncomfortable when not properly fitted, prompting some women to believe that they could only have been designed by a man.
The video also shows tests run on laboratory mice in which the resveratrol-ingesting mice outperform their control counterparts in athletic feats.
Despite the seemingly glowing feats of resveratrol as demonstrated by Dr. Sinclair, quite a bit of controversy now surrounds the efficacy of this wondrous product.
One of the most impressive feats that can be accomplished with it is being able to prepare full pounds of homemade French fries from whole potatoes with only one tablespoon of oil.
Players move around the board game and are subjected to performing various feats.
The players compete against one another in feats of trivia about the show as well as jumbled words and nickname challenges.
Feeling others' pain can overwhelm natives of the sign, but if they can fight through the sadness they feel emanating from the world, they can accomplish remarkable feats to help stop that suffering.
Not every system has to be a state-of-the-art machine capable of magnificent feats.
These shoes are engineered specifically to streamline athletic feats, support challenging maneuvers, and provide feet with lightweight comfort.
He began as a performing artist, swallowing swords eating fire and slugs and doing feats of strength.
From the spectacular feats of engineering to the intricacies of renaissance architecture, France offers a great deal of sites to leave visitors with a distinct sense of awe.
This makes the Genesis ideal for young cheerleaders as they practice their first intricate gymnastics feats.
Whereas college cheerleading focuses on great athletic feats and stunts, professional NFL cheerleading is rather limited in the athleticism but, instead, promotes personality and community efforts.
This is why it is important for cheerleading squads to be up-to-date on the latest stunts and practice variations of these feats.
Judges look for classic moves like scorpions, basket tosses, and bow and arrows, but during transitions there are always new and interesting ways to accomplish these feats.
The first of these feats was "the Birdman," a Parisian tailor who decided that a parachute wouldn't be that tricky to sew together.
No wonder it is considered one of the premiere feats of engineering of the modern generation.
From crude, practical items made at home to elaborate feats of technical wonder designed by sewing wizards, to basic machine-manufactured pieces, a lot goes into that which spends most of its time unseen.
Many viewers enjoy watching the progression of the ice skating talents with the celebrities; by the finale, the celebrities remaining can pull off some impressive skating feats.
The arrival of the Motherships was one of the greatest dramatic moments in science fiction mini-series history spawning similar feats in the film Independence Day and the 2009 remake of the series also known as V.
A consummate showman, he displays childlike wonder at his own feats.
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