Chapter: English Literature During The Middle Ages
It goes without saying that the writers of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle weren't King William's biggest fans. In writing his obituary, they actually seem pretty stoked that he's finally dead. It's certainly a refreshingly objective memorial, as opposed to the way we instantly idolize the dead these days. Ultimately, the image I gather of the late King William the First is that he was a colossal douchebag.
In any event, this comic is a true story. No, seriously. Allow me to quote from the Norton Anthology's translation: "And if a man raped a woman, he immediately lost those parts with which he took pleasure." Now, I've gotta say, William may have been a jerk, but that's the greatest form of punishment I've ever heard. The U.S. Supreme Court should put that law back on the books.
Oh, and yeah, Maine was a province in France adjoining Normandy. I suspect they didn't really have lobsters and chinese food there.
Lit Brick is a comic started by Jodie Troutman in an effort to read the entire Norton Anthology of English Literature. Having eventually succeeded in that goal, it now features comics about all manner of random literature. For more of Jodie's work, visit longtalljodie.com!