Shoes and Pattens

Shoes and Pattens

Finds from Medieval Excavations in London

Francis Grew, Margrethe de Neergaard, Susan Mitford [illustrations]

2,000 shoes in the Museum of London show the progress of foot fashion from the 12th to 15th centuries.
Date Published :
April 2004
Publisher :
Boydell and Brewer
Contributor(s) :
Susan Milford, Susan Mitford
Language:
English
Series :
Medieval Finds from Excavations in London
Illustration :
27 black and white, 91 line drawing
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781843832386
Pages : 152
Dimensions : 9.75 X 7.25 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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$25.95

Overview
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Until recently, very little was known about medieval shoes. Glimpses in manuscript illustrations and on funerary monuments, with the occasional reference by a contemporary writer, was all that the costume historian had as evidence, not least because leather tends to perish after prolonged contact with air, and very few actual examples survived. In recent years, however, nearly 2,000 shoes, many complete and in near-perfect condition, have been discovered preserved on the north bank of the Thames, and are now housed in the Museum of London. This collection, all from well-dated archaeological contexts, fills this vast gap in knowledge, making it possible to chart precisely the progress of shoe fashion between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries.

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