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CHAPTER III
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were forbidden to leave the manor. During the crusades, the lords who went to the Holy Land needed a great deal of money, and they often allowed their tenants to give them money instead of service. Sometimes they sold them land. The crusades came practically to an end in the thirteenth century, and during the early years of the fourteenth the peasants were already beginning to feel somewhat
independent.
In 1338, the Hundred Years' War broke out between England and France. In 1346, an important battle was won at Crecy, not by English knights on horseback with swords and lances, but by English peasants on foot with no weapons except bows and arrows. Then the peasants began to say to one another, "We can protect ourselves. Why should we remain on manors and depend upon knights in armour to fight for us?" Following close upon this battle was a terrible disease, called the Black Death, which swept over England. When it had gone, half of the people of the land were dead. Many of those peasants who survived ran away from the manors, for now that there were so few workmen, they could earn high wages anywhere. Moreover, weaving had been introduced, and if they did not wish to do farm-work, they could support themselves in any city. The king and his counsellors made severe laws against this running away ; but they could not well be enforced, and they only made the peasants angry with all who were richer or more powerful than themselves. They began to question, " How are these lords any greater folk than we? How do they deserve wealth any more than we? They came from Adam and Eve just as we did."

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