Sir Richard’s Song

(notes by Donald Mackenzie)


Published with “Young Men at the Manor” in Puck of Pook’s Hill (1906). Collected in Songs from Books and subsequent collections with a head date of 1066.

The poem

The poem expresses Kipling’s central theme in the stories of Sir Richard, that Normans and Saxons came together in a new identity, as the English.

[line 2] fief and fee an estate held on condition of homage and service to a superior lord, by whom it is granted and in whom the ownership remains. Sir Richard and his Saxon friend Hugh, held neighbouring manors from their lord, de Aquila.


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