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    Cool This House is bound as I bind it

    A medieval lord says an old formula claiming to be the heir of a manor:

    This House is bound as I bind it, its coins flow as I bid, and as I speak, so shall Este stand


    Este is for the family name


    What is this formula really saying? Bind and bid are here difficult words. Not the least stand.



    Is this sentence saying something like:


    This House is ruled as I rule it, its coins flow as I wish, and as I say, this is the character of the Estes.



    Any assistance will be very appreciated.

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    Re: This House is bound as I bind it

    Hello Bushwhacker

    What about?

    This house is bound (i.e., legally mine) as I bind it (i.e., because I am its rightful owner).

    See the top of page 2 here.

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    Cool Re: This House is bound as I bind it

    [QUOTE=Soup;534281]Hello Bushwhacker

    What about?
    This house is bound (i.e., legally mine) as I bind it (i.e., because I am its rightful owner).
    Thank You for the aswer. Is the rest of my proposal correct?

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    Re: This House is bound as I bind it

    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhacker View Post
    Is the rest of my proposal correct
    I'm not sure ... On second reading, the word house can be interpreted as referring to the staff, to those who run the estate. They are under his authority, obligated to him (i.e., bound). In other words, another interpretation would be:


    This household is obligated to me as I obligate it, or as I see fit.

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    Cool Re: This House is bound as I bind it

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    I'm not sure ... On second reading, the word house can be interpreted as referring to the staff, to those who run the estate. They are under his authority, obligated to him (i.e., bound). In other words, another interpretation would be:
    This household is obligated to me as I obligate it, or as I see fit.

    Your legal aspect seems to me very appropriate. So let me propose an entire new proposal as for the meaning of the original paragraph:

    This House is under my genuine right, its coins flow as I wish, and as I set up, under this plan the Estes will stand.

    Thanks You

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    Re: This House is bound as I bind it

    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhacker View Post

    This House is under my genuine right, its coins flow as I wish, and as I set up, under this plan the Estes will stand.
    To me, the last part of the original, and as I speak, so shall Este stand seems to mean something like,


    • and whatever I say, the Este family will obey my words.

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    Cool Re: This House is bound as I bind it

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    To me, the last part of the original, and as I speak, so shall Este stand seems to mean something like,


    • and whatever I say, the Este family will obey my words.

    OK. Thank You very much for your kind attention and helpful assistance.

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