Medieval Europe

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  • Decline of Serfdom & Freedom for Serfs
  • Most serfs were reluctant to move to new parts of the lord's estate but the lord granted them more freedom.
  • Serfs who settled on the land could pay the lord rent instead of working on the lands. They started to regard the land as theirs and not the lord's.
  • The town expanded by the increase of trade and food supply. People wanted to make their own laws and settle disputes in court.
  • The middle class people took part in local government, and their business activities brought wealth to the town
  • The Revival of Towns
  • The increase of trade led to changes in ways of doing business like partnerships, money changing, and baking. Guilds were also formed which are organizations formed by merchants and master craftsworkers
  • Guilds & New Business Practices
  • The Normans from northern France invaded England near the seacoast village of Hastings. This is called the Battle of Hastings.
  • William the Conqueror was able to establish effective control over his kingdom. He kept the a 6th of his lands and divided the rest of the land among the Norman barons-feudal lords.
  • Early England-The Norman Quest
  • Reforming English Law
  • The kings who followed William strengthened unity in England by making changes in the legal system. Henry II made the common law which helped to provide a fairer system of justice. They also had a grand jury and a trial jury
  • King John was a better king than his brother Richard. John had to set his seal to the Magna Carta which says that there is taxation without representation, right to trial, and limits to power
  • King John of England
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