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Since the late 15th century, cottagers constituted the last secondary wave of settlers (see Settlement) in early modern rural society. They owned their own homes, but apart from a small garden they possessed no productive land worth speaking of, especially not farmland (Hide; see Agrarian constitution). Their ownership of buildings distinguished them from the unlanded laborers (Laborer, unlanded) below them. The line separating t…

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Grüne, Niels, “Cottager”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 24 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020726>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206

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