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The Events Of 1531

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In 1525, the council had, at the commons’ insistence, prescribed by edict that no one was to drive oxen to the meadows near the city that could be manured with dung from the city, the clever purpose being that the clergy, whom it by no means befits to practice agriculture, should transfer their fields to the burghers through leasing. The nuns of the Convent Across-the-River did not obey the decree, and in a meadow of theirs near Gievenbeck they put to pasture six oxen for use in their own kitchen. The commons complained to the burgher masters that the decree was not doing them much good and was instead being haughtily despised by clergy. Hence, they said, their request that the burgher masters reassert their authority and force the nuns who were enclosed within the city’s walls to obey its laws.

Keywords: burgher masters; clergy; commons; Convent Across-the-River; Gievenbeck; nuns

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