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CHAPTER III
FOURTEENTH CENTURY - CHAUCER'S CENTURY

England in the Fourteenth Century. The fourteenth century was not only the dawning of modern English literature, but it was the dawning of English thought. Before this time kings had thought how to keep their thrones ; barons had thought how to prevent kings from becoming too powerful ; priests and monks had thought, sometimes how to teach the people, sometimes how to get the most possible from them ; but the masses of the English people never seemed to think of anything that was of interest to them all until about the middle of the fourteenth century.
One special reason for this beginning of English thought was that many thousands of Englishmen had become more free than ever before. England had long been controlled by what is known as the feudal system ; that is, a tenure of land on condition of service. The cultivated portions of England were divided into great manors, or farms, and each was held by some rich man on condition of giving his service to the king. On these manors lived the masses of the people, the villeins, or peasants. They were obliged as part of their duty to work for their lord a certain number of days every year, and they

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