°Jethro Tull case°




In regard to the early study of late feudalism history in great detail, research into agricultural innovations "of today" and the study of their innovators´ lives it comes to light the case of historical Jethro Tull be a fable initially transmitted in word by the common rural people of England thus heavily beautified as such. (writer´s note: Whatever stupid the figment one´s imagination may be it becomes official after it has been registered and assigned documentary evidence.)

The information may have been out of focus but it is essentially true thus the following corrections:

Correction 1 The period that Jethro Tull lived in isn´t the 17th or 18th century but the break of the 19th century.

Correction 2 Jethro Tull wasn´t one man but two men who particularly influenced rural peoples´ minds and their fables of the time. By oral tradition the right names were first mutilated, then substituted for incorrect names and, in this case, two men were translated into one man (Folklore tends to simplify.) which is easy to remember and tell story about. The real historical figures conducted plenty of innovative agrucultural experiments on the English lands which initially turned peasants´ heads but after they had brought about huge savings of labour the peasants accepted them in great enthusiasm. One of those experiments was a revolutionary seed-drill.

Due to large demands on work and design and other reasons both of the farming pioneers couldn´t note down their progress records at the same time. To record the progress of their work they were granted a copy clerk Jeffrey T. Talent by authority of the county of Berkshire whose records gave rise to a controversial book Horse-Hoeing Husbandry (The fictive figure´s name Jethro Tull is very likely to have arisen by the mutilation of the clerk´s name.).

Frankly, the real figures who lie behind the story of fable Jethro Tull are no other persons than Frantisek and Vaclav Veverkas, Czech peasants and agricultural innovators who left for England in the 1780s because of more favourable social climate for their activity. When they learned by experience and returned home they launched still larger projects resulting in the assembly of their fabulous swing-plough.

Jeffrey Veverka, great grandnephew

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