chapter  9
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ALIENS IN ENGLAND

THE attitude of Englishmen towards aliens in the later Middle Ages was one of hostility. "They have an antipathy to foreigners," wrote the author of the Italian Relation, " and imagine that they never come into their island but to make themselves masters of it, and to usurp their goods." .The opinion of Froissart, given more than a hundred years earlier, is very similar; he speaks of " the great haughtiness of the English, who are a'fiableto no other nation than their own; nor could any of the gentlemen of Gascony or Aquitaine, though they had ruined themselves by their wars, obtain office or appointment in their own country; for the English said they were neither on a level with them nor worthy of their society."