Britain 1453 CE

The signing of the Magna Carta was the start of a political evolution in England which saw parliament, including members elected by the towns and shires, becoming an important element in government. The development was ...

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What is happening in Britain in 1453CE

The signing of the Magna Carta was the start of a political evolution in England which saw parliament, including members elected by the towns and shires, becoming an important element in government. The development was driven by the need to pay for wars with the Scots, Welsh, Irish and, above all, the French (above all in the so-called 100 Years’ War). Apart from the occupation of Wales and past of Ireland, these achieved little. By 1453 the nation, defeated in France, was demoralised. Resentment with royal government was deep and widespread. The stage was set for civil war.

The British Isles were deeply affected by the Black Death (1349). For the survivors, this tragedy caused the standard of living for the bulk of the population to rise considerably, spurring the end of feudalism and the expansion of commerce.

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