Friday’s answers

Andrei gets my thanks for posing Thursday’s questions and can claim a virtual case of nectarines by leaving the answers below.

If Teletext is right about the winklepickers I’ve never worn them but remember a friend’s father talking about them.

One Response to Friday’s answers

  1. Andrei says:

    Quiz inspired by youngest daughter’s boyfriend sporting a fine pair of pikes” a.k.a winklepickers recently acquired in Dresden

    (1)What were poulaines?

    These were shoes with long pointy toes popular in medieval Europe

    (2) What was an alternative name sometimes used for them?

    In Medieval French they were properly called ” souliers a la poulaine” i.e. “shoes in the Polish Style” . French was the language of the English ruling classes in those days of course. In the English of the day they were called “crackowes” after Krakow the then capital of Poland or Pikes which is still in occasional use for winklepickers today

    (3) When were poulaines in vogue?

    They first seem to have appeared in Europe in the late 1200s, they were probably Ottoman in origin – the height of their popularity was in the late 1300s and 1400s

    They seem to have achieved popularity in England When Richard II married Anne of Bohemia in 1382

    (4) Winklepickers

    (5) They were my favoured footwear for dancing in the 1980s

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