Colin Firth’s Freeman Honor Earns Him 13th Century Priveleges [PHOTOS]
Colin Firth appeared at a photocall at Guildhall Art Gallery in London today (March 7th) as he’s made a Freeman of the City of London. The honor, believed to have been created in 1237, is equivalent to receiving a key to the city.
According to the city of London’s site, “The medieval term ‘freeman’ meant someone who was not the property of a feudal lord, but enjoyed privileges such as the right to earn money and own land. Town dwellers who were protected by the charter of their town or city were often free – hence the term ‘freedom of the City’.” So, there you have it.
What else could a “freeman” of the 13th century enjoy by holding this honor? Glad you asked! The BBC states that one could drive sheep over the London bridge, get drunk/disorderly in public and not be arrested, and have the privilege of being handed with a silk rope if sentenced to death. What a life!
PS-No updates to report on Bridget Jones’s Diary 3. Still no script, still no stars contractually attached, still no official green light.