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Laws and prohibitions: cloth regulations
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The regulation of the English cloth industry steadily increased from the 12th to the 15th centuries as broad and narrow heavy woollens replaced light and cheaper worsteds; as woollens production became specialized and organized within urban guilds (see guilds: London) of weavers, fullers, shearmen and dyers; and as cloth exports became more important to the economy. A thicket of laws and ordinances intertwined at the national, town and individual guild levels. The crown was primarily interested to organize and stimulate the cloth trade so …

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John Oldland, “Laws and prohibitions: cloth regulations”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 25 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_COM_219>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503

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