Excerpt from The Rise and Progress of Poverty in England, From the Norman Conquest to Modern Times: Extracted From Various Histories and Condensed
By this Manorial or feudal system the people were in 'a great measure tied to their village homes, as they had no choice but to l... ive where they were born, and to serve the master upon whose Manor they lived. SO long as they stayed in their native village they must serve their lord, in tilling his ground or looking after his cattle. For this they were paid no wages, but they had their cottages and the free use Of strips Of land to sow or plant for themselves. The land that was held by each man was not all in one place, but scattered amongst the strips that were held by his fellow villagers. They could not sell their land, nor leave the Manor without their lord's permission. In fact they could not give thelr daughters in marriage or sell an ox without consulting their masters. And yet they were not slaves, for slavery and serfdom had almost disappeared. Every few months they gathered together in the Manor Court and took part in the election Of the petty Manorial Officers, the Reeve, the Reaper, the Ale Taster, and others. At these Manor Courts, presided over by the Steward of the Manor, disputes as to the possession Of land, or inheritance, were decided, oftentimes by a jury Of the villagers.
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