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Old 04-14-2014, 11:11 AM   #31
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I was surprised by the Englsih lack of knowledge abou the Romans since I believe they are mentioned in Beowulf. (It has been a long time but I remember, they knew where the roads came from.)
Yeah, as I said before Rome was pretty common knowledge in medieval Britain. I think they know better, but make their choices based on how well it fits the story.
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Old 04-14-2014, 11:44 AM   #32
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Rob, how much about this Roman era would the average English population have known? It was well known that the Earth is round for well over a millennia before Columbus but weren't there large segments of the mostly non literate public who did not know this?
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Old 04-14-2014, 12:02 PM   #33
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Rob, how much about this Roman era would the average English population have known? It was well known that the Earth is round for well over a millennia before Columbus but weren't there large segments of the mostly non literate public who did not know this?
Not the average population, but Æthelstan is a monk. He would already know it very, very well without needing King Ecbert to tell him.
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Old 04-14-2014, 02:09 PM   #34
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Not the average population, but Æthelstan is a monk. He would already know it very, very well without needing King Ecbert to tell him.
Yes, but I thought he guardedly replied that he did know in response to the King's query about his monk edu.
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Heads up! There's a blood moon lunar eclipse Tuesday AM. Any Nordic history buffs here up for a blood eagle celebration?
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