Medieval England

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By Andrew Brahm and Shannon Coyle

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  • Serfdom is declining and serfs are beginning to gain freedom. The settlements in new lands help bring the decline in serfdom. To give them a reason to move, the lord promised them more freedom.
  • The Decline of Serfdom
  • The expansion of trade and of our food supply has encouraged the growth of the town.
  • The Revival of Towns
  • A charter was put into place in order for my people to have the right to have their own laws and own system of taxes.
  • The appearance of guilds was an economic development of the Middle Ages, these were organizations formed by merchants and master craftsworkers.
  • Guilds & New Business Practices
  • Battle of Hasting
  • In 1066, Normans from Northern France invaded England near the sea coast village of Hastings.
  • Henry I began to establish a common legal system for all England. The legal system expanded during Henry II reign.
  • I demanded high taxes and was much disliked by the people I ruled. My actions led to angry barons to rebel. I later set up a charter named "Magna Carta" which agreed to recognize the barons rights and priviledges, including that of fair trial.
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