Unformatted text preview: conomic History Review, 57, 362 - 395. The Statue of Labourers 1351 - wages
“Because a great part of the people and especially of the, workmen
and servants has now died in that pestilence, some, seeing the
straights of the masters and the scarcity of servants, are not willing to
serve unless they receive excessive wages ... We, considering the grave
inconveniences which might come from the lack especially of
ploughmen and such labourers, have ... seen …t to ordain: that every
man and woman of our kingdom of England ... shall be bound to
serve him who has seen …t so to seek after him; and he shall take only
the wages liveries, meed or salary which, in the places where he
sought to serve, were accustomed to be paid in the twentieth year of
our reign of England, or the …ve or six common years next preceding.”
Edward III came to the throne on 25 January 1327, so the reference
here is to 1347.
Source: Rosemary Horrox ed. (1994) The Black Death, Manchester
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