Jal Versus Rabelais

By A.B. Wood, published September 1919


Jal accuses Rabelais of counting the shrouds and ratlines among the yard; but repents of this and paraphrases the sentence thus: “so that no yards were left aloft and that with them all lowered on deck there was nothing to be seen save the masts, shrouds and ratlines”. I do not wish to exalt Rabelais as an authority on nautical matters. I do however wish to urge very strongly that in the case of his attack on Rabelais, Jal’s judgment was somehow at fault and that Rabelais, though a landsman, was far from being the ignorant lubber that Jal would make him.

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Filed under: High Middle Ages | English Channel | Other (Early Modern) | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Archaeology | Harbours & Dockyards | Ship Handling & Seamanship | Shipbuilding & Design

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