William's Forest Laws

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  • William's Forest Laws
    • royal forests
      • used for hunting
      • 'Nova Foresta' --> new forest
        • 40 village communities were evicted - in order to clear the new 'royal playground' for hunting
    • peasant land
      • controlled by king
        • only those who could pay for hunting rights were allowed to hunt
          • social crimes
          • hired men to catch poachers or people with no permission to enter the forest
            • hanging
            • castration and blinding
              • corporal punishments
                • hanging
    • weapons
      • it was illegal for peasants to carry any hunting weapons or a fallen branch
        • people would not report these crimes if they happened
    • bitterness
      • no right to natural resources
      • unjust and unfair


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