Medieval England

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  • My lord promised me more freedom. So I moved to this new land he offered us. I still have to farm and pay him rent, but at least it's for myself. Sure beats having to work on his land for him!
  • THE DECLINE OF SERFDOM
  • As the population grew, so did the demand for more goods. Trade routes to and from the east have opened up. As a merchant, I can now sell silks, sugars, spices, and dye!
  • City air makes a man free indeed! I've had more freedom living here than as a serf. We can make our own laws and govern ourselves.
  • THE REVIVAL OF TOWNS AND TRADE
  • This is my finest apprentice, Steven. He helps me in my beer making trade. One day, he's going to become a master like me!
  • GUILDS AND NEW BUSINESS PRACTICES
  • He's training me in how to convert money from one region to another. Recently, he's been making business partnerships.
  • EARLY ENGLAND: THE NORMAN CONQUEST
  • In the 1066, led by William the Conqueror, the Normans from France invaded England. They completely took over during Battle of Hastings.
  • Under common law, thou shalt provide a fairer justice throughout the land of England. Royal judges, with the assistance of a group of citizens called the grand jury, shall resolve disputes throughou the land.
  • REFORMING ENGLISH LAW
  • I don't get i! Why do the people hate me? Sure, I heavily tax them, but it's for the good of the kingdom! Now they want me to sign this thing called the Manga Carta. Like heck I'm going to relinquish my power!
  • KING JOHN OF ENGLAND
  • And you wonder why...
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