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“Our law calleth a man’s house, his castle, meaning that he may defend himself therein”

Many US States have what is called a “Castle Doctrine” . Essentially they are based on this quote, more accurately, this idea espoused by William Lambarde and captured in English common law that in a man’s home, he is the lord, the sovereign, and he need not attempt to flee before defending himself or his property in whatever way necessary, in his “castle”.

When William Lambarde said this in the 16th century, his meaning was, and is, plain enough. What is not so plain is his understanding of why castles were built and what purpose they served thereafter.

Stay tuned for a upcoming post on castles and the like. It’s looking to be fairly long, but probably interesting.

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