By P. Boissonade
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Within the crumbling walls of these ghostly towns and in their half-deserted streets a few 27 LIFE AND WORK IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE miserable artisans still vegetated, all that was left of the flourishing crafts of the past. Ploughed fields and gardens occupied the greater part of the open spaces, destitute of houses and of inhabitants. Industrial activity disappeared, and the very traditions of the ancient industry were lost. The West fell back again into the elementary economic life of primitive peoples.
Land was now once more the sole capital, and natural products served as a medium of exchange. Trade by barter, the primitive method in use among the Germans, reappeared in the ancient Roman Empire, where money became rare and credit disappeared. The fine Roman roads, no longer kept in repair, deteriorated, the bridges fell down, the imperial post ceased, there were no more relays. All rapid movement became impossible. Everywhere insecurity reigned; brigands fell upon travellers and merchants on the edge of the woods and at the fords across rivers and marshes.
They came during five centuries in such populous tribes that they assimilated the Armenians, Persians, Turks, and Asiatic Greeks, who had been transported like themselves into the country, and at one time in the sixth century Macedonia received the name of Slavenia (Slovenia). Southern Thessaly, the Pindus region, Attica, and, above all, the Peloponnesus, 33 D LIFE AND WORK IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE were repopulated, thanks to these Slav colonies, and it was by such means that in the tenth century, by an emperor's admission, the whole of the Morea became a Slav district.
Life & Work In Medieval Europe by P. Boissonade