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Roumán Part II - Nouns,Adjectives,andPronouns

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Thursday, November 30, 2000, 23:03
Raymond Brown wrote:

> [T]he Normans considered it pretty > irrelevant as Saxons were most likely guilty anyway :)
My favorite example of this is the "presentment of Englishry". If anyone was found dead by violence, the "hundred" (a territorial unit larger than a village, smaller than a county) had to prove that the deceased was English. If they didn't or couldn't, he or she was assumed to be French, and the hundred was fined heavily. This was not abolished until 1340 (by which time it had become a sort of tax on other people's deaths, violent or not). There were analogous presentments of Welshry and Irishry as well, but I can find no details on them. -- There is / one art || John Cowan <jcowan@...> no more / no less || to do / all things || with art- / lessness \\ -- Piet Hein