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"Wartime Corruption and Complaints of the English Peasantry" Topic

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Tango0107 Dec 2018 3:56 p.m. PST

"The late thirteenth and fourteenth centuries witnessed a great military transformation, one that heavily affected the peasantry in ways it had not before. It was also a period of near-constant warfare, with Edward I's campaigns in France, Wales and Scotland, Edward II's continuous conflicts with Scotland, and the beginning of the Hundred Years' War under Edward III. Peasants were required to participate in nearly every aspect of wartime efforts: as financiers, as victuallers, and as fighters. Yet, as far as the peasantry was concerned, corruption was part and parcel of levies, purveyance and even military service, and it was this added component that often made the already heavy demands unbearable.

Before delving into the abuses of wartime financing, a brief discussion of these demands is appropriate. However, since it is the corruption of such methods rather than the methods themselves that is the topic of this investigation, the following will simply be an overview…."
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dapeters10 Dec 2018 10:08 a.m. PST

Corruption? This period in European history is government by organize crime.

Tango0110 Dec 2018 11:33 a.m. PST



uglyfatbloke11 Dec 2018 6:05 a.m. PST

Dapeters..same as now.

dapeters11 Dec 2018 10:04 a.m. PST

I was wondering when someone would add that, but in Western countries we now elect our "betters".

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