Historical Fantasy

Bettina Bubach liril at gmx.net
Fri Sep 17 07:17:32 EDT 2004

> Margaret's Law of Twelfth Century Nomenclature: All men are named 
> William, all women are named either Maud or Matilda, and Maud and 
> Matilda are used interchangeably. Except for men in the south of France, 
> who are all named Raymond.
He. That's interesting - the correponding Law of 15th/16th century for
southern Germany would be all men are named Johannes, appearing as Hans,
Johann, Hannes and all women are named Anna.

That makes interesting court protocols, with Johannes (aka Hans) claiming
Hans (aka Johannes) owes him money. To make the joy complete, they might
also be only referred to as he and him, and some witnesses also named
Johannes might be tossed in.


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