Travels with Cerdic

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  • #15595

    blaricci
    Participant

    I like very much that you're trying to get into the heads of people across a wide spectrum of social classes in the Early Anglo Saxon period. A couple of thoughts. Do you think that the “ordinary people” had the freedom to travel? A large portion of the population of feudal Britain later, in the Middle Ages, were serfs and villeins. They were prohibited by law from leaving the land, from traveling on their own. Did feudalism exist in the Early Anglo Saxon period? I hope you give us a good podcast on feudalism and how it affected everything. Lastly, I imagine that being bilingual would have been essential for travel in this early period. Just knowing the village language would have left you incommunicado once you ventured even a short distance from home. Please keep up with your insights. The history of consciousness is an important one!

  • #18245

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    Excellent questions!  I'll be putting together a series on the governmental institutions of the era and will hopefully do a good job of answering these questions.  :)Actually, the travel episode was in response to a listener question much like this.

  • #18246

    WhovianKate
    Participant

    would people travel from one village to another, though? like, say, a day's journey? for example, would someone go….let's pull up a map here….from Nottingham to Derby, which seems doable? or were people from this time period really that isolated from one another, and if so, how did goods get back and forth? or was the economy in a much smaller model than that and if you couldn't produce something yourself you were S.O.L?

  • #18247

    blaricci
    Participant

    Excellent questions!  I'll be putting together a series on the governmental institutions of the era and will hopefully do a good job of answering these questions.  :)

    I think that feudalism was a bit beyond a "governmental institution." It was the very cultural bedrock on which society was built.

  • #18248

    anonymous
    Participant

    There were travelers, entertainers  – players who were usually sponsored by a lord.  Also there were some traveling tinkers/sales folks.  There were a lot of foreigners in Britain throughout the dark ages but increasing as the Renaissance approached.

  • #18249

    anonymous
    Participant

    I came here to say how much I liked the “Travels with Cerdic” episode!  So many things I never thought about before.  You really know how to bring it all to life, Jamie.

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