I risk repeating myself a little with today’s post for Thursday Doors, as I’m posting another tower, but this time the tower is quite small and the door that leads into it is very small and must surely have been built for a race of fairy people.
The tower and the building it is attached to are known locally as La Dimerie. Built at the end of the 18th or beginning of the 19th century, the building sadly has no magical fairy connection but stands on the site of the medieval ‘dimerie’, the place where ‘taxes’, paid in kind rather than money, were rendered to the local liege lord and the church. The tax demanded one tenth – une dixième, hence ‘une dîsme’ – of the year’s harvest from all serfs and dependants, a system open to untold abuse and corruption apparently, with both church and liege lord vying to find the most effective way of procuring the entire ‘dîsme’ for themselves.
This medieval word disme, from the latin decima pars or a tenth, is the origin of the American word dime.
Nowadays la Dimerie is sadly in a rather sorry state of disrepair ………..
Thanks as always to Norm for hosting the excellent Thursday Doors challenge!
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