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.)
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.
graphica – fantastica – medieval