Which they are tales from January of 2005. Given that I’m re-posting these things weekly, and culling them from months (usually), I am acutely aware of the fact that in 20 weeks or so I’ll be out of material, and out of “new” material far sooner than that. Still, although Saturdays are generally low traffic days, they are high page-view per hit days, which means that people are at least clicking on the archives, if not actually reading them
So it’s like I’m providing a service. To you.
Update: The first couple of links were all boogered up. They’re fixed now.
S’what I get for hitting “Publish” and not checking my work before wandering off into the Elysian fields of Wikipedia – Idly googling Segolene Royal led me on a merry trip through modern French civil unions (pactes civiles des solidarite), which led to a wiki on Morganatic marriage, which in turn led us to the partible heritance traditions which existed in medieval Kent (a Kentish privilige wrested as a concession from the Conqueror, whose lot generally preferred male primogeniture), on to British history in general, including pre-Roman Britain, Gauls, Celts, Ostrogoths, Gaetas, the Swedish use of their Gothic absorption as cudgel to wield against the Ostrogothic succession in Spain, a discussion of fiefdoms, what separated a hamlet from a village (a chapel) and a village from a town (a market). All of this somehow led down side-paths discussing ballistae, trebuchetes, pilia, Wessex, Sussex, Windsor Castle, the first and second Roman invasions of Britain, etc, etc. A man could get lost.
Which anyway, the links are now fixed, and there’s about two hours of my life that I won’t ever get back.