Beating swords into ploughshares (well, leeks, piers, beehives)

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Purely coincidentally, I found myself in Salisbury again yesterday evening.  Since my last visit, the barons have come out on their Magna Carta trail.  It’s my own belief that the real barons were not very nice people and don’t deserve much credit for a public-spirited concern for anyone’s civil liberties except their own, but it’s consoling to think how annoyed they would be to see themselves represented in this way.

Are you sitting comfortably?  (Click a thumbnail for the gallery)

 

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  1. I’m so glad you said that about the barons. I toyed with the idea of doing a post on the subject of the Magna Carta and how it didn’t apply to the 90 per cent of the population who were below “freemen”, namely the surfs, peasants, bondsmen and various other categories of the low born, but I felt I was being a bit of a Moaning Minnie.
    Still, the barons look good. They certainly cheer the place up a bit.
    Alen

    • Yes, well, let’s not idealise the past too much – anyway it’s cheering to sometimes see an unplanned good emerging from a selfish or aggressive action, gives you hope for our own self-interested times.

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