In a message dated 8/29/2003 10:53:26 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> Not to say that documentation is not a good thing, it does show that
> something did exist, but not necessarily that it didn't.
It's impossible to prove a negative ie that something did not exist.
There is some documentation for what poorer people were doing; it's just
harder to find. For instance, it's possible to find coroner's records dating back
to the 12th century in England, that detail the circumstances of all
suspicious deaths, whether of rich or poor. There are also manorial court rolls that
detail all court interactions of those who owed suit to the manor - basically
all the serfs and cover everything from fights to unrepaid debts to whose cow
was in who else's field. Also, there are manuals for local priests which have
ideas and complete texts for sermons on various topics (which iof course
would be preaching against common practices that the church didn't like) and on
appropriate penances for various sins - again , things that people were likely
doing. Some ofthe medical texts of the time mention comon remedies, some of
which are holdover form pagan practices, Christianized by adding the name of
Jesus or a saint into the incantation.
Oh, and I know that Eastern Europe was the last area to be Christianized, and
some of them were still pagan (Lithuania, I think) in the 13th century, so if
you want to be a historically accurate practicing pagan, head for Eastern
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