[LMB] Penric: Money, trade, & cheese

Pat Mathews mathews55 at msn.com
Sat Jan 23 03:22:45 GMT 2016

> From: howard at brazee.net
> Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2016 20:03:35 -0700
> To: lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk
> Subject: [LMB] Penric:   Money, trade, & cheese
> I enjoyed seeing a town making its living on cheese.   I question the many medieval (and later) types of fantasies (and historical books) that have easier access to money than I read about in history.
> Admittedly, Penric is from a small town, where wealth of a cheese producer can dominate - but his gift of cheese was well appreciated as a cash substitute.    I tend to wonder how economies work (looking at how obviously the Lord of the Rings movies show a city with no farmland around it, and wondering how Sauron’s economy works).
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Doesn't Sauron have some "Dark, Satanic mills" in his territory? I know for a fact that Saruman does! And the orcs probably live by ravaging the countryside, as the mercenary armies in the 30-years-War did.

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