13.2.09

Mediaeval Myths: "Tyrants" and "Slaves"

At the web blog Durandal Nicholas Wansbutter, esq. explores a pervasive myth about the relationship of "Tyrants" and "Slaves" .

...Firstly, we may say, from a broader perspective, the powers of the nobility were in most areas much restricted and limited as compared to governments in the western world today. There was no Child and Family Services that could abduct children from parents deemed "unfit" by bureaucrats, no traffic laws, no smoking bans, no strict regulations on how and where one may build his house, &c. Moreover, power was not vested absolutely in a federal government. It is true that power was held by a small group of military leaders, and that in theory, the King did reign supreme and his vassals were merely his delegates, but in practice, he had to rule more by persuasion than by fiat, as the power was rather evenly spread. No one lord had complete authority as he, by necessity, had to delegate authority to subordinates due to the inadequacies of medieval telecommunications...

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Thanks to the fellows at Durandal!

Vive le Roy!
de Brantigny

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