Medieval pattens

Medieval footwear had thin soles and pattens would give an extra protection against the cold, wet and dirt from the ground. Leather-cork pattern where at first for indoor use. Wood pattens would ease walking in wet dirt.


The Arnolfini portrait by Jan van Eick shows us both versions: the wooden pattens (1) with street dirt stuck to them and the neatly put away leather pattens (2) at the foot of the bench.


This post has 6 Comments

  1. Arne Focke on 09/09/2011 at 1:34 pm

    I like the comic style in this one. It certainly draws the eye.
    I found your article from last year in Tugium, also real nice.

  2. serge on 09/09/2011 at 3:22 pm

    Glad you like the style, I’m still a bit uncertain if that is an appropriate style for presenting serious research…but then again the intention is to popularize the subject. Seriousness will be reserved for publications.

  3. Kaspar on 09/12/2011 at 3:29 pm

    Hallo, ich bin mal so frei und poste mal was in deinen Blog. Sieht super aus! Ich nutze seit kurzem auch WordPress verstehe aber noch nicht alle Funktionen. Dein Blog ist mir da immer eine grosse Motivation. Weitermachen!

  4. serge on 09/12/2011 at 8:32 pm

    Danke für’s Kompliment mein Tip…einfach damit ‘rumspielen und verschiedene Apps und Layouts ausprobieren der Rest kommt dann allemal von selber…keine Angst, WordPress beisst nicht ;O)

  5. Arne Focke on 09/13/2011 at 10:46 am

    Just what I was thinking.
    But even in publications I think serious research can survive a wink or two.

  6. Robert on 09/20/2011 at 5:49 pm

    Much appreciated for the information and share!

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