Medieval England

Medieval England

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  • Decline of serfdom & Freedom for Serfs
  • The Revival of Towns
  • Guilds & New Business Practices
  • First off the serfs made settlements in new lands. They started to decline first by moving out and finding new opportunities. They would still work on land but considered it their own. They paid rent and had some more freedom than a regular serf. After a while serfs revolted and lived normal lives with a lot of freedom.
  • Early England "The Norman Conquest"
  • The growth of towns was influenced by the expansion of trade and the food supply.  Towns were made where merchants would gather. Feudal lords held many towns. If the lord treats the people like serfs, the citizens can resist. In towns, people wanted more freedom. Charters were common.
  • Reforming English Law
  • Organizations formed by merchants and craftworkers used for trading are guilds. When you want to join a guild, you start out as an apprentice and you get trained in order to become a master artisan. You then become a journeyman and work for a master for wage. Competition is not permitted between guilds.
  • King John of England & the Magna Carta
  • The next part of history depicts normans from France conquering the land that England has previously owned. The Normans divided England into 7 kingdoms. They had a new ruler Alfred the Great. In the castle the Normans created a school and studied culture and latin.
  • King William was an important part of the legal system. Henry I established a stable government. Royal judges would do the court cases. Common law was also made which made life very fair. No matter how much people complained everybody followed the dame law. Grand Juries and courts were developed.
  • The English started to make claims in France. The French Monarch, Phillip II, went to war with king John and pummeled him resulting in a bigger kingdom for Phillip. At this point, France was not unified and later did become a unified state. The French and English government differed. 
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