Friday, April 5, 2013

E-F Post: Exclusive Fiefdom, part 1

Per Wikipedia, "Black plague"
The years following the plague had been rough.  Too rough. 

Populations had been decimated by the plague, and there had been scrambles to keep the rioting and panic down.

Damn them!  King Rufred scowled out across the land from his keep.  How dare those peasants die and leave no one to continue the work of providing me with food and wealth.

Oh, sure.  The peasants were regrouping and starting over.  But there were so many gaps in the chain of command.  Some of his most stalwart lords and knights had been taken out by the plague as well.  

What to do about the lands that now lay under his watch, without the man power to protect them??

Rufred had imported some Norman knights, given them some land.  

But that still did not answer his growing concern:  How can prosperity and healthy populations forever exist in this current desperate time?


Harold Sacramentum Fecit Willelmo Duci
Fiefdom, layers of society, per Wikipedia
Exclusive Fiefdom will continue in tomorrow’s post.  What WILL King Rufred do??  

29 comments:

  1. Hmmm, what will Ruford do? Seeing as we have the same concerns today and no one can agree on what to do, I can't wait to hear what this king did.

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    1. Things never changes, and yet are always changing.

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  2. makes you wonder how society has survived!

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  3. Your skill and imagination know no bounds. I love your idea for the A to Z and you are carrying it out beautifully.

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    1. So pleased you are enjoying these vignettes.

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  4. Start thinking outside the box m'lord lol.

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  5. Seems to always survive one way or another.

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    1. God is in control, altho we don't see the big picture He has.

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  7. Susan, I was getting quite engaged with the story, I am looking forward to tomorrows post. Blessings, Amanda

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    1. I am thrilled to see your name pop up on my site. Your blogs are so beautiful, combined with your art and talent.

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  8. Ah, plague... the great correction when the population grows too large... I've been writing apocalypse stuff, so while we are working with different time periods, tehre are some different issues, the power vacuum being a biggie.

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    1. Very true--re-structure of society happens after major catastrophe.

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  9. He's got big decisions in front of him!

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    1. Alex: There was talk at one time of doing genetic studies of descendants of plague areas to see if there was a reason for ancestors' survival.

      G.E. and Pk--What will happen?

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  11. Hi Susan,

    And it Britain, we are having some desperate times that plagues us in different ways.

    I would like to tell you that I live near a village that got wiped out by the Black Plague. The town is named Eyam and I've been there. You might find this of interest, Susan.

    http://www.eyamplaguevillage.co.uk/

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  12. Susan,
    How dare they die and leave the king in the lurch???
    Shame on them.
    Klahanie left an interesting tid bit.

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  13. The plague did change everything, didn't it?

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  14. It seems that the concerns of the people at the top of the pile don't change a great deal. Me, me, me... Sometimes I despair, but I am looking forward to seeing just what King Rufred does.

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  15. I think this is a plea for the newest and cutest pack member to save them. Surely King Rufred will summon him.

    Julie

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  16. Clever idea - looking forward to tomorrow's post :)
    Happy A to Z-ing

    Jemima at Jemima's blog

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!