An Illustrated History of Britain (Background Books) by David McDowall

By David McDowall

This can be an illustrated historical past of england from prehistoric instances to the current day. The ebook analyzes the most important political and army occasions in British background, and the place acceptable, appears to be like at those inside of a much wider, foreign context. It additionally describes way of life for women and men from assorted degrees of society in numerous a long time: the type of paintings they did, kin existence, and so forth. Emphasis can also be put on cultural, highbrow, clinical and fiscal advancements. significant advancements inside Scotland, eire and Wales and the relatives among those nations and England also are mentioned.

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In othe r cases ent ry co uld be obta ined by 6 Go vernment and society paying a fee to cove r th e cost of th e train ing , or apprenticesh ip, necessary to maintain the high standard of the trade. During the fourtee nt h century, as larger towns continued to grow. "c raft" guilds came into being. All members of each of these guilds belo nged to the same trade or craft. The ea rliest craft guilds were those of the weave rs in London and Oxford. Each guild tried to protect its own trade interests.

Shortage of food led to a sha rp rise in prices at the end of the twelfth century. T he price of wheat, for example, doubled between 1190 and 1200. A sheep that cost four pence in 11 99 fetch ed te n pence in 1210. Prices wou ld be h igh in a bad season, but could sudde nly drop whe n th e har vest was spec ially good. T his inflat ion weakened feudal t ies, wh ich depended to a great extent o n a steady econ om ic situation ro be workab le. T he sma ller land ed knights found it inc reasing ly difficult to pay for the ir military duties.

Chapmen" or "h ucksters" , travelling trad ers, would buy wool at parti cular vilIage ma rkers. Then rhe y took rhe woo l to town, where ir would be graded and bundled up for export or for local spinn ing. Larger fairs, both in town and co un try, were important places where trade rs and producers met, and deal s co uld be made. These were not purely English affairs. Foreign mercha nts seeking high quality wool frequently attended the larger fairs. Such trade activ ities could nor possibly have taken place under th e restriction s of feudalism.

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