Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist
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Political Geography

A footnote to yesterday's post:

In last night's episode of Walking Through History Tony Robinson was following the St Cuthbert Way from Melrose to Lindisfarne.  He came to a stile in the middle of a featureless moor and drew our attention to a fingerpost which reads, "Welcome to Scotland" on one arm and "Welcome to England" on the other.

At which point he reminded us that in Cuthbert's day- roughly 1300 years ago- all the land from York in the South to Edinburgh in the North belonged to  "the mighty kingdom of Northumbria" and England and Scotland had yet to be invented.
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