February 08, 2011

Thirteenth Century Fabric Milling

Aren't you glad you're not making cloth back then?
In the late thirteenth century, manorial lords aggressively expanded their economic privileges.  At St. Albans, just north of London, the Abbey constructed its own grist and fulling mills, and forbade the inhabitants to take their grain and cloth anywhere else or even to process them in their homes.  The result was an insurrection in 1274.
David Hackett Fischer, The Great Wave: Price Revolutions and the Rhythm of History

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