Sunday, 24 April 2016
The countryside population declines as small farms, ruined by taxes and weak markets, are abandoned or swallowed by plantations. Competent farm workers are either impossible to find or too expensive to hire whereas veteran cavalrymen from the eastern provinces skilled with horses should be easier to come by.
"'Given the new Asiatic saddles, horsemen are the soldiers of the future. Cataphracts could roll the barbarians back...I expect we'll begin to see more and more cavalry in Gallia, and here I'll be, prepared to export.'" (Roma Mater, p. 51)
"'...rich men everywhere will want fast mounts in case of raiders or uprisings.'" (ibid.)
Some farmers go out of business. Others diversify and, maybe, prosper even out of bad times for the rich.
That will have to be the last post for this month. I will be busy tomorrow and Tuesday and away from home Wednesday till Saturday. And I want a round number: 480 posts for 4 months so far this year. No one can possibly enjoy reading these posts as much as I enjoy writing them. This is the way to appreciate Poul Anderson's works. I learned the economic situation in Britannia by summarizing it in this post. And we see post-Roman Britain in the first Time Patrol story: diversity and unity yet again.
Addendum: However, meanwhile, see here and here.