Re: RARA-AVIS: Umberto Eco on Spillane

David Lane (
Wed, 22 Dec 1999 21:53:51 +0000 (GMT)

In article <00b501bf4cad$af1056c0$>,
   Mark Blumenthal <> wrote:

> My wife suggests the idea that in England, as well as most of Europe,
> when an area was settled, most of the people initially lived in a castle
> which was built on the highest point. Therefore, the people would always
> be going down when they left the castle. As people began to settle
> around the castle and build up towns, the literal term would have been
> preserved. Maybe one of our English members could contribute on this.
> Mark

The Normans (spit) built those bloody castles to overawe the peace-loving English. Some cities and towns (Lincoln? Nottingham?) grew up around castles. Most didn't.

(Aren't we getting off-topic; we'll have Bill chasing us up soon.)


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