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Most didn't, or didn't have the opportunity. Cities were generally free of seigneurial burdens, and urban residence often released peasants of their obligations to their lord, sometimes after a year and a day, though newcomers might face a new range of obstacles, for instance in entering trade. "Stadtluft macht frei", ran a German saying: "City air makes you free".

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Q: Why did people move to cities and away from manors during the middle ages?
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