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Some teachers resorted to the "tally stick", infamous in Irish folk memory.
Small biographies are given of many of the key personalities, from the firemen's dog to the peers of the realm to the laborers who inadvertently destroyed Parliament by burning the redundant tally sticks (now considered precious historical artifacts) in the furnaces below the House of Lords.
The author gives attention in both his research and writing to the many forms records and agreements took in the era--pictographs, wampum, tally sticks, ceremonies, landscape markers, oratorial histories, and so on--not only to the Euro-American style of diplomatic and legal records.