Grain and Chaff from an English Manor eBook

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(24) In 367 Valentinian I. made his son Gratian, Augustus.  Gratian was later married to Constantia, daughter of Constantius II.  Roman power was now asserted once more against the Picts and Scots, and also against the Saxon raiders by Theodosius, whose son became Augustus in 379.  Gratian himself was occupied on the Continent.  In 383 Magnus Maximus was proclaimed emperor in Britain, and Gratian was murdered on August 25.

The coins were not a hoard; they were found all over the Roman area I have described, but especially in Blackbanks, and they became visible generally when the surface was fallow and had broken down into fine mould from the action of the weather.  Their scattered occurrence, and the period they cover, suggest continuous habitation throughout the most important part of the Roman occupation of Britain, and, with their related history, they occupy a distinguished place in a record of the harvest of Grain and Chaff from an English Manor.


[1:  Celebrated breeders of the respective sorts.]

[2:  Fig. 1 shows the flattened S formed by the stream.  Fig. 2 shows the short circuit formed later at A and the island B When the old bed of the stream round B gets filled up, the island B disappears, and its area and that part of the old bed formerly on the west side of the stream is transferred to the east side.]

[3:  Mr. H.A.  Evans sends me a very interesting note on this subject.  He refers me to Shakespeare, Henry VIII., III., II., 282, where Surrey, alluding to Wolsey, says: 

                            “If we live thus tamely,
     To be thus jaded by a piece of scarlet,
     Farewell nobility; let his grace go forward,
     And dare us with his cap like larks.”

The verb dare here used is quite a distinct word from dare = to venture to do.  It means to daze or render helpless with the sight of something.  To dare larks is to fascinate or daze them in order to catch them.  The “dare” is made of small bits of looking-glass fastened on scarlet cloth.  Shakespeare’s use of the word in the passage quoted is evidently an allusion to the scarlet biretta of the cardinal.  In Hogarth’s “Distressed Poet” a “dare” is suspended above the chimney-piece.]


“AKERMAST,” 197. . Albinism, 255.

“Alcoholiday,” 177.

Aldington, 1;
  band, 122;
  chapel, 5;
  concerts, 123;
  constable, 8;
  derivation, 1;
  farm, 3;
  hosiery factory, 7;
  manor, 2;
  prepares to resist Jacobites, 7;
  variants, 5, 8, 298, 299;
  village, 3.

Allsebrook, Rev. W.C., 5.

Alresford fair, 49.

Antona, 294, 297, 298.

Apples, 103, 169, 170, 171.

Archdeacon’s visitations, 101, 102.

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