Both Montagu and Graves, to say nothing of other writers, state that the ruffs, in England, were far more numerous than the reeves; and their testimony can hardly be doubted; though in Germany J.
As we arrived at our first stop to view some Ruffs, we heard a corncrake nearby.
The roots of this plant were collected in Elizabethan times for their high starch content, which was used to stiffen fashionable linen ruffs.
pp. 261-271) can alone be cited as modern witnesses of its habits in England, while the trade of netting or snaring ruffs and fattening them for the table has for many years practically ceased.
These ruffs became somewhat ridiculous in the amount of stiffness and size; a writer of the time, Webster, talked about a man carrying himself "...monstrous steady for fear of breaking."
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