Who'd uh Thunk it?
The last bastion of feudalism in Europe has just abolished its fiefdom. The island of Sark, one of the Channel Islands and a Crown Dependency of the British Crown, has made the transition to democracy in order to meet the EU's Convention on Human Rights. John Michael Beaumont is the last Seigneur du Sark and the island is headed to elections to be held in December of this year.
Sark is fascinating place. They have abolished tracks and cars from the island and a Norman dialect is still spoken by some of the older islanders. The island survived Nazi occupation and an attempted one man coup in the form of an unemployed French nuclear physicist with and automatic weapon in 1991.
If I actually make it over to the UK to teach, I am definitely visiting this place. Admittedly, though, I'd like to have actually visited it under feudalism.