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Hatty
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If you run your eye over the list of Norman names

Aimery
Arnoul/ Arnaud
Aubrey (Alberic)

Baudouin/ Baldric
Baudry
Bernard

Engenulf
Enguerrand
Eudes (Odo)

Foulques (Fulk)

Gauthier
Geoffrey/ Godfrey
Gérard
Gervais
Gilbert
Giselbert
Goubert
Guascelin (Walkelin)
Guérin (Warin)
Guillaume/ William
Guy (Guido)

Henry
Herluin
Hubert
Hugues (Hugh)

Ives (Yves)

Jean (John)

Nicolas

Ralph
Ranulf
Raoul
Renaud
Richard
Robert
Rodolph
Roger

Stephen

Turstin

Vital

Wadard
Walter

you'll see there are even fewer resemblances to Roman names than to Viking ones. In fact, apart from Vital, there aren't any...
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Wile E. Coyote


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Mick Harper wrote:
I think earth comes before wood. The Roman Army built earth ramparted camps every night on the march. However your post reminds me that one more piece of evidence that the Normans more or less directly followed the Romans is that both built stone fortifications and the 'six hundred years' in between didn't.


Great, Wiley devises a cunning series of posts on Reverse Engineering and MH spoils the fun...... on post 2. I didnt even reach rubble.
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Mick Harper
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I realise Bettany Hughes has to ham it up but spending five lip-smacking minutes on a Vestal Virgin undergoing 'ritual human sacrifice' to appease the Gods over Cannae is a bit much. In all societies that have sacred virgins it is a capital offence to have sex with them, including for them. We're still doing it today in the closely parallel example of executing adulterous women. And even, I suppose, Ruth Ellis. She was for Suez I expect.
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Mick Harper
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Then five minutes later she and the local archaeo are lipsmacking over Roman genocide (of "80-90% of the population") because the archaeological evidence dries up. Aside from the fact that archaeology simply cannot be mapped to populations and dates with anything like this kind of exactitude, it never occurred to either of them that having two large armies campaigning in your neck of the woods usually means you and the family hightail out of that neck of the woods without needing genocide to hurry you on your way. But that would be too, too boring.
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Hatty
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From a book by Philip Hoare I've learned that in woodland areas Romany children are, or were, wrapped in rabbit skins in winter. So two thoughts occurred: is the song about Baby Bunting wrapped in rabbit skin referring to a well-known Romany custom? The Romany are very much associated with poaching/ hunting rabbits. They also seem to be associated with woodland, in England anyway, though perhaps as part of their semi-outcast status
    My mother said I never should
    Play with the gypsies in the wood

Bunting is made up of gaudy rags or pieces of cloth which seems to reflect the traditional perception of gypsy clothing.

Secondly, might not rabbits have been introduced, or maybe borrowed, by Romany? Most historians claim the Romans introduced rabbits into Britain though some think it was via the Normans, presumably based on documentary evidence. It's unlikely there'll be documents or evidence attached to Romany practices.

Gypsy is supposed to refer to 'Egyptian'. Why would people think gypsies originate from Egypt? Something about deserts perhaps? Rabbits too are said to be 'from the desert'.
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Mick Harper
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As we have found out 'desert' had a technical meaning in the British Isles ('disert' in Ireland) and corresponds to something like rough (but still of value) pasture land. I suppose the TME interpretation would be that rabbits are hares that have been domesticated to exploit places unsuited to other domesticates. It is another TME theory that gypsies are ex-Megalithics. It is another TME theory that hermits, servants of Hermes, who are so strongly associated with 'deserts', are Megalithics.
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Wile E. Coyote


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Call me a coward if you like. I call it common sense. When I sign up to as Aquilifer I want to follow a general with a good a name.

I mean look at poor Gaius Excrementum, he was carrying the standard for Crassus, they reach the Euphrates, all is tickety-boo and the standard then goes all funny, it plants itself in the ground and can't be budged. What does Crassus do? Yep he forges on......Net result biggest militray disaster at Carrhaee and it took good old (augury) Augustus 33 years to get the Eagles back.

All because folks were stupid enough to follow someone called Crassus who didn't heed the auguries.

BTW what sort of general bases his battle plan on the opposition running out of arrows......

Anyway history records that Surena (or Suren or Sourena) "the heroic one" (it was the name that did it) thumped the Romans at Carhaee.....
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Mick Harper
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What struck me as odd was that Pompey, who was the eastern specialist, got sent to Spain, Crassus the businessman was sent out to take on Rome's most dangerous enemy and Caesar stayed in Gaul. Who was minding the shop in Rome?
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