Sunday, June 26, 2011

Question from Mary R - Outlawing of serfdom in England

Does anyone know when the practice of holding serfs was outlawed in England? I know that during the Wat Tyler rebellion, Richard II agreed to free them; but I think he reneged on this.


  1. According to this article, serfdom in England pretty much died out without special legislation; it was effectively recognized as dead by 1574:

  2. Worth keeping an eye on enclosures of common land, which accelerated in the Tudor period.

    Wikipedia has a decent section on it:

    No more serfs, but the common people still screwed.


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