Sunday, 4 August 2013

Crazy old country.....

Following my post on ancient laws still on the statute book, and another post on divorce by combat - oh yes, and another one on pimp tenure, here's an extract from a Wikipedia entry I just came across -

"Cross Bones is a post-medieval disused burial ground in The Borough, Southwark, South London, in what is now known as Redcross Way. It is believed to have been established originally as an unconsecrated graveyard for 'single women', a euphemism for prostitutes, known locally as 'Winchester Geese', because they were licensed by the Bishop of Winchester to work within the Liberty of the Clink...."

All right, so in the ancient "liberties" you could get away with murder - and many people still do, because the four remaining ones are all Inns of Court, occupied exclusively by lawyers. So why did the Bishop of Winchester - who also owned the local "Clink" prison - see the need to license these prostitutes? Was he making money out of them, threatening to put them in clink if they refused to pay their license fees? And if so, how many more bishops were living off immoral earnings?

It does seem a bit hypocritical that he didn't consecrate their burial ground. I mean, we all know the one about the actress and the bishop, actress being a euphemism for, well, hem hem....

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