THE DECLINE OF FEUDALISM

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THE DECLINE OF FEUDALISM

We have sketched the condition of the mass of the people - those who lived in the villages at the time of the Norman Conquest - and tried to indicate the immediate effects of the Conquest itself, so far as they are shown in Domesday Book.

We shall now consider what developments took place during the medieval period; that is to say, roughly between 1066 and the end of the fifteenth century.

Recent research has considerably altered the older views on this change; but while the newer version of what took place is easier to believe than the old, because it makes more allowance for the geographical and social differences, it is also rather more complicated to understand.


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The Growth of Capitalism

Be that as it may, a trade in which production is increasing rapidly for a widening market is little suited to the static methods of craft gild and apprenticeship, and it is not surprising that the industry grew up less in the corporate towns than in the villages, where most of the spinning had always been done. The process of production had several stages; the spinner sold his yarn to the weaver, and the woven cloth thence passed to the fuller and the dyer, unless it was for export undyed, which was most usual. Soon a class of "clothiers" appeared, drawn from the wealthier weavers, the drapers and... see: The Growth of Capitalism


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