The conundrums of being an English Royalist…!

Ah, the conflicts… 😏

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Glossary:

thew : Old English thēawcustom, usage; cognate with Old High German thau (later dau), discipline.

witanegemot : advisory council to the king, which also “elected” each new king by acclamation – none could be king without consent of the Witan.

eardland : homeland, native land or region; probably descended from a Proto-Indo-European root meaning “plough-lands” (cf. “ard,” a primitive plough).

Medieval (and later) English wine-cask units: how big is that barrel (and how big is a “barrel,” exactly)?

Now, as Monty Python used to say, for something completely different…!

And as the late Paul Harvey would have said, “Now you know the rest… of the story.”

(And yes, a butt-load of something would indeed be a lot – 126 gallons’ worth – but not nearly as much as a tun of it would be!)

Finally, here is a piggin with which to dip wine from your firkin:

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