Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Monday, 14 June 2021

The call for chiropody in medieval Cambridge

The continuing research into medieval skeletons from Cambridge, which I have linked to before, has now revealed a consequence of men following the late medieval fashion trend for long, and longer, pointed shoes for men. Fashionable, if not always practical, they appear to have led to an increase, in contrast to earlier centuries, of men suffering from bunions in mid-life.

The article from the BBC News website about the study can be seen at Medieval pointy-toed shoes led to Cambridge bunion surge

It includes links to other studies by the Cambridge team, which in turn link to other reports from recent years from there and elsewhere, including Littlemore Priory in Oxford, regarding the analysis of excavated medieval burials.

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