willibald: (keroro)
Going over some of the writings of that learned chronicler Bernard of Hamtun, I recently discovered this gem concerning the origin of a certain aspect of the feudal system.

It happened that one Edmund of Telford, a petty baron who held a small tract of land near Shrewsbury, had a problem with his peasants. Owing to wounds sustained during skirmishes with the Welsh (who by nature of their stature are more likely to strike below the belt), a series of unfortunate accidents with agricultural implements and a solitary incident involving a short sighted, over amorous badger, he discovered that very few of them were left with the necessary equipment to sire offspring and thus ensure the future prosperity of his estates.

He was sorely troubled by this but at last hit upon a solution. It was his duty to oversee the continuation of his Barony and if his peasants were unable do the job the he would just have to do it himself. Thus it was that he travelled about his lands servicing the wives of the afflicted so that each family produced at least one child.

News of his selfless actions soon reached the court and this knob-less obliging was taken up by many other nobles, although sadly often in a corrupted form due to the mis-translating of the phrase into courtly latin by a less than attentive Norman scribe.


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