The Globe (volume 11)

Paperback | January 4, 2012

byWilliam Henry Thorne

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1889. Excerpt: ... HOME RULE IN THE MIDDLE AGES. One of the most remarkable discoveries of modern historical science is the all but universal prevalence of the popular selfgovernment, which a generation or two ago was looked upon as one of the results of modern progress, and supposed to have been but of sporadic and transient occurrence in past ages and remote lands. The Greco-Latin, Teutonic, Slavonic, Hindu and Chinese races, to say nothing of others, are now known to have been made up, at an early period of their existence, of self-governing communities, and these have survived in a high degree of perfection, even at the present time, in such unexpected places as northern Spain, and the Chinese and Russian empires. Special attention has been given to the ancient popular institutions of the Teutonic peoples. It appears that the Germans, when they first appeared in history, were governed by laws made in a public meeting and administered by magistrates elected by the whole people. Their territory was divided into self-governing communities corresponding to the English hundred or the American county; and within the limits of these there were to be found many communes and villages which regulated their own affairs in their own way. After the conquest of England by the Saxons, Angles and Jutes, we find these transplanted Teutons divided into athelings, or nobles, ceorls or freeman, laet or serfs and theows or thralls. The thralls were either prisoners of war who had chosen servitude to death, criminals who had been reduced to this condition by a judicial sentence. Those thralls who were hired out to persons other than their own masters were known as esnes. The laets or serfs were far from being slaves in the modern sense of the word, as they were simply tenants who paid their rent in labor. In the Middle...

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1889. Excerpt: ... HOME RULE IN THE MIDDLE AGES. One of the most remarkable discoveries of modern historical science is the all but universal prevalence of the popular selfg...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:188 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.4 inPublished:January 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217079997

ISBN - 13:9780217079990

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