National Geographic : 1953 Jul
-II Swords Clash in Damascus Along the Street Called Straight To many a Crusader his most valuable loot from the East was a blade of Arab forged Damascus steel. Less well known are other Arab gifts to feudal society: the knightly tournament, the troubadour, the art of forti fication, even chivalry itself. - In a Beirut antique shop friends of the author bought this pair of stiltlike shoes, Shand-carved and inlaid with mother-of-pearl. Such foot wear, of Oriental origin, was designed especially for a woman's trousseau. Bells jingle as the wearer walks.