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They not only saw themselves as participating in an economic system governed by custom as well as law, but they also sensed that their governors were unable, if not unwilling, to protect them. Their concerns were, therefore, twofold: that the immigrants follow the same rules as natives, and that their governors maintain their economic rights. In this way, the London apprentices were undertaking a strategy similar to that of the freemen weavers who earlier had perceived that their company’s officers had more concern for their own economic interests than they did for those of freemen generally.

They not only saw themselves as participating in an economic system governed by custom as well as law, but they also sensed that their governors were unable, if not unwilling, to protect them. Their concerns were, therefore, twofold: that the immigrants follow the same rules as natives, and that their governors maintain their economic rights. In this way, the London apprentices were undertaking a strategy similar to that of the freemen weavers who earlier had perceived that their company’s officers had more concern for their own economic interests than they did for those of freemen generally.

This chapter will examine closely these issues in the Eyre legend, while the next will focus on Whittington. 1395–1458) was born in Suffolk and served as an apprentice to a London secondhand clothes dealer. He eventually moved into the domestic wholesale cloth trade, and his subsequent success allowed him to enter civic politics and, ultimately, to win election as mayor in 1445. Throughout his public life, his attention and energy often fell upon the redevelopment of the Leadenhall, first as the City’s principal granary and later as an educational and religious center, though these ambitions never reached fruition.

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