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 National Workshops.Nativity (The) 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Native.
 
In feudal times, one born a serf. After the Conquest, the natives were the serfs of the Normans. Wat Tyler said to Richard II.:   1
        “The firste peticion was that he scholde make alle men fre thro Ynglonde and quiete, so that there scholde not be eny native man after that time.”—Higden:Polychronicon, viii. 457.
 


 National Workshops.Nativity (The) 

 
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