2017年6月18日日曜日

Quotes 2017 #169

"Poor Law appeared first in the form of the Ordinance of Labourers promulgated in 1349 under Edward III, which required work at legally limited wages of all able-bodied workmen and workwomen 'free or servile,' anyone who refused being jailed 'until he find security to serve in the form aforesaid.' The occasion for this ordinance was the Black Death, which had depleted the population so severely that workers were in great demand, and accordingly able to ask for higher wages than they had previously received."

Marilynne Robinson, Mother Country.