Old English


“Things without all remedy should be without regard: what’s done is done.”

William Shakespeare, Macbeth

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265 Responses to Old English

  1. nebdem says:

    Greetings, Realm!

  2. CobaltBlueDawg says:

    We are no longer subjects of the Crown, Hank proves that.
    Sorry for the fly by, but…
    I’M SO LONESOME I COULD CRY (1949) by Hank Williams:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WXYjm74WFI
    Sweet Dreams

  3. nebdem says:

    Be right back.

  4. CobaltBlueDawg says:

    Had a free minute, one more Hank tune,
    Hank Williams Sr. – Ramblin’ Man:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAUTfkk2zp0

  5. CobaltBlueDawg says:

    Lonnie Mack – Farther On Up The Road:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGBjjo4u_Y4

  6. nebdem says:

    We have been getting cold weather! It is unseasonable.

  7. Caller no. 8 says:

    Oh the sadness of great looking pears at the high-falutin’ produce market that turn out grainy and mushy. Blech.

  8. nebdem says:

    It would have been tough to live during the Middle Ages, very tough. It would all depend on lineage. Where you were stationed in life mattered, but the conditions of life leveled the playing field when the Black Plague ravaged the Old World.

    • That sure took care of the feudal society.

      • nebdem says:

        The feudal society still remained in forms, the Crusades did a lot to change feudalism. Because most of men were always in transition as soldiers, if you were a burgher who stayed behind, you saw a rise in station.

    • nebdem says:

      Before the Plague, which some at the time felt was God’s wrath, due to the failure of the Crusades. “Deus Vult!” (God wills it). Have you heard about Peter the Hermit?

      • I’m not sure – whatcha got on him?

        • nebdem says:

          Tale of the Tape

          Peter the Hermit. While on a pilgrimage in Jerusalem, Peter sees Christ. Christ tells him there needs to be a Crusade. Feeling ordained from his vision he writes a letter- he was to take that letter to the Pope (Urban II). The letter calls for a Crusade. Pope Urban II gets it and agrees. Pope Urban II then declares that if you want to have God’s blessing, travel to the Holy Land and reclaim it, all sins will be absolved.

          This organized Europe for the first time since the Roman Empire, but like the Roman Empire- there was a lot of back stabbing and old vendettas being sussed out. So, Peter, ‘a walking prophet God was the spokesperson for the Crusades on the street level. He was a celebrity and he was drawing more and more people, he were going to follow him as he was to make his way to reclaim the Holy Land. Somewhere between 40-65 thousand people were estimated with him on the First journey down.

          The Feudal Lords realized that they also were going to take part in this Crusade, but they marched to different drummers. They decided to set out at a organized time period, whereas Peter was growing a large army as he made his way, so you had two forces making the trek, but the first force is unorganized, mostly a traveling band of zealots, some seeing the opportunity for a new life, riches on Earth (Which was a really important motivator), Stay for the occupation!

          I’ll stop right here but this is only the beginning.

    • Coppernicus says:

      Interesting you use black, I’ve always know it black death or bubonic plague, never heard black plague before.

      Did you see the playing field is leveled in California for the squirrels?

      • Caller no. 8 says:

        Bubonic in squirrels is a regular thing in the Sierras. Especially in Desolation Wilderness near Tahoe.

        • Lizard Island says:

          No, man you got it all wrong. It was the bucolic settings of the Sierras that were preferred by said rodents.

      • nebdem says:

        I read it described that way in one of the books I was reading.

        That is huge victory for the squirrel!

    • Lizard Island says:

      I think I read once, could be wrong that life improved for some peasants as their numbers were diminished by The Plague their masters were more dependent on those remaining and treated them better or at least an improved stipend.

      • nebdem says:

        Yes, I have also read that. Because a lot of men, even whole families made the journey, those remaining did see upward mobility. The merchants made a lot of money at the beginning because they were selling arms and provisions. They were real assholes when people were hungry they rose the price of food.

        Those remaining didn’t have it easy though, it was more strenuous at first because all of the labor was gone.

        • Lizard Island says:

          Pretty fascinating, the read of this whole period. I have a book somewhere about this. Will try to dig it up.

          • nebdem says:

            The building blocks of civil government can be seen developing in that time period. If you ever need some recommendations let me know. There are so many little events that are interesting to read about.

  9. Lizard Island says:

    Jack – Early model, Cylon Knight – It’s totally you, man.

  10. Caller no. 8 says:

    The Contours ~ Do You Love Me

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