Ye Olde Republic wrote:So, you're saying that the current national borders we know today, were irrelevant. I wonder, in 1315*, was there a border (enforced or not) between France and Germany?
jmadsen wrote:thank you,
there was a lot of interesting info in there, including stuff I wasn't specifically after. When I said countries, I really was thinking more in terms of people who lived far away from one another and had no obvious connection; merely nobles from disparate places.
Let me give a more specific example of what I mean:
How likely is the scenario that a knight from Lancashire - I'll risk calling him a "squire" but probably use the term wrong, but I mean someone landed but not with what we would call a title today - could go to Italy, wander into a room full of nobles, and have someone say, "Ah, Sir Hugh! I hope your brother Richard is well..." without that person ever having met anyone from Hugh's family.
I.e., was the gossip and general knowledge in Europe thick enough that you could argue there was a sort of "Who's Who" of most country squires, minor barons, etc.?
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