THE GROWTH OF THE FRENCH NATION

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Page 16 - ... of the tion and human sacrifices. From the very beginning Roman rule. . , , , • , , the Romans introduced peace and order in the place of constant civil strife, and a common government in the place of dozens of independent tribes. The system of Roman roads, which mainly centered in Lyons, made intercommunication easy and opened the way for a rapidly developing commerce. The more primitive cultivation of the Gallic tribes gave place to the organized Roman agriculture with its great estates and...
Page 45 - S reign w hich had a profound influence upon the future. The feudal system, which was to be very soon the great foe of every king's authority, was rapidly taking shape, and that, too, with the direct encouragement of Charlemagne, who could hardly be expected to foresee the future in this respect. The history of the growth of these institutions, however, belongs naturally in the next chapter. CHAPTER V. THE BREAKING UP OF CHARLEMAGNE'S EMPIRE AND THE RISE OF THE FEUDAL SYSTEM. IT was in the breaking...
Page 317 - It was the English Revolution of 1688, which drove James II. from the throne...
Page 64 - ... and a day. If he gave his children in marriage outside the domain he must pay for the privilege, because this was diminishing his lord's working force. This was the general distinction between the free villain and the serf ; the first was subject only to fixed exactions and was otherwise free, while the serf and all that he had was entirely at the lord's disposal. It will readily be understood, however, that the condition of the serf was better than that of the slave of the earlier time whose...

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