05 January, 2012

New Hampshire Medievalism

I had no idea how quickly my recent claim (in "Coming to Terms with Medievalism") about the "unique continuity" between medieval culture and contemporary culture in Anglo-America would be proven right. But here it is: A group of politicians in New Hampshire just introduced a bill that would demand that all new laws in NH find their origin[alism] in the Medieval English Magna Carta of 1215. Did they all watch Sir (another medievalism!) Ridley Scott's 2010 Robin Hood?

This really beats some of the various other orginalist organizations' habit of using eighteenth-century dictionaries to decide today's political issues. My first reaction to all this: Grant them prima nocte! :-)

HERE IS THE LINK to this fascinating example of medievalism. And below see some sections from Magna Carta that put the proposed law in perspective:

(6) Heirs may be given in marriage, but not to someone of lower social standing. Before a marriage takes place, it shall be made known to the heir's next-of-kin. 
(10) If anyone who has borrowed a sum of money from Jews dies before the debt has been repaid, his heir shall pay no interest on the debt for so long as he remains under age, irrespective of whom he holds his lands. If such a debt falls into the hands of the Crown, it will take nothing except the principal sum specified in the bond. 
(54) No one shall be arrested or imprisoned on the appeal of a woman for the death of any person except her husband.
(Source: Internet History Sourcebook)