The excellent Mauro Baglieri writes: “The Placito Capuano or Placito di Capua is the first in a number of acts, also known as Placiti Cassinesi. They were written in early Italian between 960 and 963 A.D. : court proceedings allowing the Benedictines from four abbacies to reclaim their lands from squatters that had occupied them after a Saracen attack had dispersed the local chapter.” Not that Boynamedsue let this stop him.
Many Brits know vaguely about stuff like the Peasants’ Revolt, the Levellers, and the post-WWII demob occupations, but I don’t think anyone has written a decent history of squatting. I guess it thrives in situations where immovable property rights are poorly defined or unenforceable, hence its success during the Moorish wars and its continued popularity in places like Barcelona, but it would be good to know more.
- Spanish justice
John Pawlenko’s excellent Chupa Chups exposé is turning into the longest post in the world (scroll to 27th Sept), but you
- Those Anglo-Saxons, habeas corpus, and detective stories
Most southern European theorising re that poorly defined construct, Anglosaxonia, is corny racism dressed up as sociology or socialism or whatever.
- c(h)/qu => k and early/mobile spanish/italian writing
Tearing myself away from puffing the undoubted pleasures of wines of the Penedès for a moment, I would point out that
- The one peseta trail
How to break Ponzi schemes in the form of moronic blog prizes while still having a bit of fun.
- The Vampire of the Raval who wasn’t
Here, re Elsa Plaza, Desmontando el caso de la Vampira del Raval. It was always obvious to anyone prepared to read the