The Growth of Towns. SEC 3 Ch. 5. The Rights of Townspeople. As towns started to grow. People started to realize they did not fit into the manorial system. They started to make their living by making and trading goods. Lords still controlled the towns. They expected something in return.
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The Growth of Towns
Some lords granted Charters to towns.
Written statement of a towns rights.
Most people in towns in Europe gained 4 basic rights.
1. Freedom -- Lived in a town for 1 yr and a day. Included serfs that escaped from manors.
2. Exemption -- Free from ever working on the manor.
3. Town Justice -- Towns had their own courts
4. Commercial Privileges -- Could sell goods freely in the town.