England in the Fifteenth Century

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CONTENTS.
INTRODUCTION.
PART I. PAGE
Formation of modern English language--Decay of Anglo-Norman-- Growth of English spirit--Growth of constitution and parliament --Responsibility of ministers of the crown--Manor and county courts--Legal reforms--Modification of feudal system in England --Prosperity of the people in the reign of Edward I.--Houses-- Furniture--Art--Horticulture--Law and lawyers--Statesmen-- Scholastic philosophy
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PART II.
Decline of England after the death of Edward I.--The Scottish War --War with France--The war destructive to both nations-- Ravages of French privateers on the English coast--Harvests and famines in England--Murrain--The "black death" and other pestilences--Risings of the agricultural tenants--Wat Tyler-- Renewal of the war with France--War of the Roses--Decay of national prosperity--The Tudors
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CHAPTER I.
Statistics in the Middle Ages not to be relied on--Estimate of population--Rural aspects of England--English agriculture--Forests, fens, morasses--Corn districts--Manures--Enclosures--Game, poaching -- Rabbit warrens -- Woodlands -- Cattle -- Highways, parish and manor roads--Water carriage--Broken ways and dangers of the roads--Rate of travelling and carriage of goods-- Postage of letters
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CHAPTER II.
Villages--Alehouses and inns--Health of people--Food--Medical knowledge--Relative conditions of agricultural labourers in fif

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction 1
  • Chapter I 127
  • Chapter II 197
  • Chapter III 257
  • Note A. Weight of Cattle, Etc 309
  • Note B. the Statute of Labourers 311
  • Note C. Allowance of Food for Farm Servants 317
  • Note D 318
  • Index 321
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