Ice Skating and Skates

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This linkspage features images of ice skating in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and information about medieval ice skates.

Additional information about medieval skates made of bone can be found in these links; I think that the re-creation projects by Hurstwic, Küchelmann & Zidarov, and Calvin College's Wassail club are especially interesting.

Several of these images include players of an ancestor of the modern game of hockey (kolf); more images of these sorts of bent-stick ball games can be found in the ball games linkspage.

Additional extant examples are described in the Bone Skates Database. See also Ice skates and their history at The Virtual Ice Skates Museum (Het virtuele Schaatsenmuseum). Information about ice skating in the 18th century is available elsewhere on this site.