Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Ecology: Villas and Manors from a Long Time Ago

Roman villas and post-Roman manors. There's a logic to them. For an inkling, here's a map to look over, from William R. Shepherd, Historical Atlas (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1911; printed by Koerner & Dietrich, Leipzig), page 104.
Strips are divided into different spheres: Demesne and glebe in particular. 

Seeing this reminds me of Dr. Ruth Cunningham Bishop, one of my high school social studies/history teachers. She would show hand drawn mimeographed maps and sketches of feudal systems, the seigneurial land tenure systems of New France and ribbon farming as in and around Detroit in the 1700s. Ms. Cunningham/Dr. Bishop was fascinating. She'd researched the British Empire in India and later opened an adults-only cabaret in Chapel Hill. That was the last I heard of her, come to think of it.    

Today's Rune: Partnership.

1 comment:

Charles Gramlich said...

She sounds like a woman of diverse interests. :)