The Frisians reinvented money

‘It starts with the Frisians, with a change of climate and the fall of Rome. Pliny the Younger had mentioned that there were people on the edge of the world who lived cut off from the mainland by marshes. They were sea people, he announced, and all they had in their lives was fish, so they were not worth conquering. They were sea people for a reason, because in that region, at that time, it was quicker to travel on water than land. Seven hundred years later, the bishop of nearby Utrecht was similarly dismissive. “And yet,” Pye writes, “between the writing of those two accounts the Frisians reinvented all the links and ties across the North Sea.” The challenge to accepted dark age theories implicit in that sentence runs through the book and is usually followed, as in this case, by something even more surprising: the Frisians, Pye tells us, “reinvented money”.’

Ut The Guardian

Sa hearre jo it ris fan in oar.

En dat krekt nei’t ien of oare Nicolay hawwe wol dat de Friezen eins neat foarstelden.

Jûn makaroany iten

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Neffens my wiene it der wol hûndert, no.

André Looijenga
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No, Cor, ik gie tafallich fan ‘e jûn ek op ‘e syk nei wat mear ynformaasje oer dat boek oer de Noardsee fan Michael Pye. Ynienen hat elkenien it deroer, liket it. En iere midsieuwen, dat fyn ik ek wol nijsgjirrich. Ik lies in stik fan de Nederlânske oersetting: it lêst flot, mar ik seach yn dat stik al wat lytse flaterkes (bgl. “de kuststad Middelburg”). De opteine resinsje dy’tsto sitearrest, haw ik ek lêzen: fielde my suver bedonderde lykwols doe’t ik seach dat Tom Holland him skreaun hie. Tom Holland is in “histoarikus” dy’t oer de âldheid en midsieuwen… Read more »

Grutte Pier
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You like Frisians. But do yo like a Frisian? No, no.