Footwear of the Middle Ages

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An ongoing examination of the history and development of footwear and shoemaking techniques up to the end of the 16th Century, by I. Marc Carlson (known in the Society as Diarmait ua Dhuinn).


Copyright statement for Version 9
The previous copyright statement pretty much covers it. Play fair with me, and I'll play fair with you. Don't steal. I don't care if you are in another country. Taking things off of the Internet and using them without so much as a citation of where you got it is stealing. Virtually everyone who's wanted to use my material (especially for educational purposes) has been allowed to. ASK FOR PERMISSION

Copyright statement for Version 8
Ok, I feel the need to mention this, since it obviously isn't clearly stated anywhere else. If you want to link to this site, that's great. If you want to link to specific images, or to copy and alter image formats (say into transparent Gifs) that's fine with me too. However, do us both a favor and put a note SOMEPLACE that says where you got it FROM. Failure to do so is theft. Honest and truly it is, and while I may not be able to do diddly to you right now, but people will take a look at it, and MOST of the people you are going to be trying to reach with pictures of Medieval Shoes are going to say "Gee that looks an awful lot like something from Marc's Page, since there is nothing saying that they got it from there, they must have stolen it, and think we're too stupid to notice. What a l'user...". Eventually, when the Internet Copyright Gestapo gets their act together, I'll be certain to report you and get your rear shipped off to some CyberAuschwitz for sleazebags, deadbeats, and no-account vermiculi.

(To be fair, while I've noticed my drawings appear in a variety of places, in almost ever case the person involved has played fair with me and at least written down where it was from. The others, and they know who they are, probably just forgot to take care of it, and may want to ... NOW).

In other, more formal terms, you need to be aware that all images and text on the website titled Footwear of the Middle Ages are copyrighted by I. Marc Carlson, unless specifically cited otherwise. The non-commercial use of these images and text is encouraged, and does not require explicit written permission from I. Marc Carlson as long as the following statement is included on each copy: Copyright © I. Marc Carlson [include the latest date on the copyright note on the page you pulled the material from]. A further note of title Footwear of the Middle Ages, and the URL:, would be nice but is not required.

I have not granted permission for any of the text or images on this site to be considered a part of the 'Public Domain'. If anyone finds my material on other web sites or as part of a collection of web clip art, and does not indicate the above copyright statement, that material has been used without my permission, and I would greatly appreciate being notified of that use.

The copyright law of the United States (United States Code Title 17) governs the making of reproductions of copyrighted material, including but not limited to downloading, printing, and performance (i.e. display.) The Berne Convention, of which the United States is a signatory, governs the making of reproductions of copyrighted material internationally.

Copyright statement for Version 1
The Author of this work retains full copyright for this material. However, in the interests of intellectual freedom, and the free dissemination of information, anyone who wishes to copy this document may do so freely, as long as this copyright notice remains intact, and no money pass hands (other than to the photocopier).

Permission is granted for people to photocopy and bind this material, to sell it at no profit.

Anyone who is found to be selling this material beyond these conditions is heretofore proclaimed to be Outlaw, and shall be denied all rights and privileges of life and limb, and may all the demons from Lawyer Hell feast upon their carrion bones.