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A Popular History of France from the Earliest Times Volume 2

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Excerpt: ...this history in the course of describing the general condition of France under the Capetians before the crusades, and they are again brought forward here because they express and paint to the life the chief cause which from the end of the tenth century led to so many insurrections amongst the rural as well as urban populations, and brought about the establishment of so many communes. We say the chief cause only, because oppression and insurrection were not the sole origin of the communes. Evil, moral and ...