Never Shall Be Slaves II – To Crown It All

Very powerful post; we should do something about the Land Laws. They make me twitchy.

One thing I should mention, though (completely irrelevant to the point of the blog post); it’s a common misconception that Harold Godwinson was shot, he wasn’t. According to the Chronicles, Harold wasn’t shot, he was cut down in the melee. His body was so badly damaged they had to get his wife Edith Swanneck to identify him by ‘certain marks’ on his body. Two of his brothers died next to him, equally cut up. The idea that he died by arrow to the eye comes.from the Bayeaux Tapestry, which originally showed the ‘death scene’ as a man holding a spear. Embroidery experts have looked at the back of the embroidery and found evidence that it had been tampered with in later centuries, and the the spear had been changed in to an arrow.

GODS & RADICALS

God and/or rebel? The Green Man, Norwich Cathedral. Source: Cathedral.org.uk.

How many landowners are there in the UK? Go for it. Guess. A million? 20 million? 30 million?

How about one?

Okay, that’s a bit of a lie. And yet, it’s all too true.

Let me explain…

In my last post, I talked about slavery – the extent to which the British people first got chained to the forces of imperialism, and then took up those chains for use on everybody else. In this article, I’m going to talk about another key sinew in the body politic of Empire in Britain – land.

As it happens, Land is more my professional area than slavery (thank goodness). I’m a PhD student currently, studying land management practices in the Broads; a vast wetland, strung along a bundle of rivers at the eastern edge of England. So land – who…

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