- 4 -

 

21. HARD TIMES

In such hard times, social tensions increased. There were savage peasant uprisings - even more brutally repressed.

People looked for scapegoats - and found them - in the Jews. They were blamed for spreading the disease - and for profiteering from it.

The cruellest persecutions were in Germany.

22. FOREIGNERS GO HOME

Outsiders were considered dangerous. In overcrowded Venice a ponular slogan was "Petroni Ande Arar" (Oafs go away!)

A cry that was to be echoed in times of stress through the centries of city history.

23. BUT DICK PROSPERED

A young man fed up with city life packed his things and set off on his travels.

He only got as far as Islington. Some say he heard bells; others that he saw a vision.

Anyway he returned to the city and made a good life - becoming Mayor of London three times.

 

Perhaps Dick Whittington can be regarded as a symbol of the hope and triumph of the city dweller.

 

24. BOOKS TO READ

  • Oxford History of England - The 14th Century - May McKissack
  • The Black Death - Philip Ziegler
  • Buildings - Alan James
  • Portrait of Europe - 1300-1600 -
    Donald Lindsay/Mary Price

25. NOTE

This is the fifth leaflet in a series on the history of city housing.

Previous