Toledo’s cobblestoned streets were probably relatively smooth even 800 years ago, but perhaps Alphonso’s bare feet suffer more from the heat of the mid-day sun.
It was probably quite filthy and smelly, too. Sewage was generally transported by way of a central drain down the middle of the street. Being on a hill, Toledo was able to take advantage of gravity to carry away the refuse, but I imagine that during the long hot summer, with little rain to massage the flow, there would have been significant ‘build up’.
(My own experience of the dog excrement on the footpaths of Madrid gives me way too much insight into the scope of this problem.)
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These images are the first draft of the upcoming release of Mayor: the case of the theftless thief, series 1 of the Mayor series. Check out the Mayor playlist on Spotify.
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English consultant and graphic novelist
Since leaving the higher education sector I’ve been focussed on thinking about education more holistically – I’m particularly interested in the interface between education and media, but I want to understand better how we can bring our traditional educational institutions to embrace the possibilities that the network and media are opening up. We need to reinvent education to suit the nature of our working lives, and our need to engage in routine lifelong learning. I use my research and writing skills to explore these issues. I consult on education issues and assist postgraduate students with their theses.
As an artist, my new project is Mayor, a graphic novel set in thirteenth century Spain. You can find out more about these activities in my blog: geniwate.com.
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Mayor graphic novel
The case of the theftless thief