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Medieval Facts & Myths: How Long is a Furlong? Ask an ox.



Some people know a furlong is an eighth of a mile. But far fewer know how the term furlong originated.


Hint: It has nothing to do with horse racing.


In the Medieval era, a furlong was the length of a furrow in a common field. But how was a common length determined? That's where the oxen enter the story.


A furlong was the distance a team of oxen could plow without resting.


Thus, the stamina of a pair of bulls, minus their male appendages, came to define a standard measurement of Medieval life.


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Medieval Facts & Myths is a blog series featuring KING ROBIN, a novel by R. A. Moss releasing February 2021 from Beck and Branch Publishers.

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