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These laws give a remarkable view of a community with the greatest respect for weakness and misfortune, high rights for women, full consideration for foreigners, and great privilege for learning, for the arts, and the crafts. Social duty was strongly held, and the full power rested on the vote of every free man and woman, even to deposing the king. Arms were prohibited civil assembly, and the harp was as necessary to a free man his coat and his cooking-pot. The whole air is that of simple conditions and a free life, with much personal cultivation and sympathy in general conduct. It would be impossible to produce such a code from a savage or violent people, and this intimate view of their life is the best ground for judging of their qualities. That there was generally a well-organized peace kept in the country is shown by Caesar's statement that 'the number of the people is countless, and their buildings exceedingly numerous.'
originally posted by: BO XIAN
a reply to: Kester
THANKS. That was an enlightening read.
My ancestors on Dad's side go back to somewhere near Gloucestershire before 1400's. Before that, we evidently came from a coastal area of France. MOSTLY the men were stalwart and stood up for what was decent and right. I think one got in some trouble with a Lord during a time of shifting political winds. One helped markedly with the poor as a charity.