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Sunday, October 09, 2011


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I just wanted to say that I love your podcast. British history has always been an interest of mine and your podcast helps to make my workday more interesting. Keep up the good work. :)


I'm slowly catching up with the podcast episodes, and am listening to this episode as I type. You do a fantastic job, and I'm looking forward to finally being current. I did want to let you know that I particularly appreciate the mention of Robbie Savage & Derby County FC. I'm sure Robbie never imagined he'd somehow be connected to medieval English history! He's a fine footballer.

Keep up the good work!



Labat Hofmann

I am fascinated with the history of the British. I read more about them because I am interested with their works especially the sculpture. Thanks for sharing this.

Brother David

This is English history, not British. Life was very different in medieval Wales, Ireland and Scotland.
The terms toft and croft were applied to two different areas: houses and any outbuildings occupied a toft, usually surrounded by a low bank and ditch to keep out livestock, while at the rear of this was a larger rectangle of land called the croft (again surrounded by a low bank and ditch). The croft was equivalent to a garden plot or allotment, used for growing crops, planting fruit trees, raising livestock or any other purpose. Many peasants also had strips of land in the surrounding area, mixed in with those of their neighbours and also demesne land belonging to the lord of the manor. They worked both on their own land and on the demesne as part of their feudal obligations.
A typical village would normally consist of about 40 peasant houses, a manor house, a church, a small cottage for the priest and a mill. In my own village in Kent in the 12th century there were two water-mills - everyone had to pay to have their crop ground into flour.

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