When a person moved out of their parents' house, they needed a house. How was it decided where this house would be located? For example, did they just pick the next available spot on a path? Were there peasant level political considerations? Were there coveted house locations? If so how were these conflicts resolved?

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    – MCW
    Commented Mar 28, 2021 at 16:32
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    I don't have research to back it up, but my impression is that they didn't move out of their parent's house. The nuclear family is a modern invention; pre-modern families lived together in a multi-generational household. (I believe Wikipedia understates). Peasants usually didn't have the right to own land or houses. It may be worth your while to research Assart, which is generally illegal unless done by the landowner/lord.
    – MCW
    Commented Mar 28, 2021 at 16:48
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    Having made the two comments above, I want to add that this is an intriguing question. I like questions like this that examine assumptions about the past, and that provide an opportunity to study how to study history.
    – MCW
    Commented Mar 28, 2021 at 17:55
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    Part of the issue is our assumed definition of peasant. The feudal system as we commonly reference it started in the 9th century, leaving 500-800 as viable ground for 'free-roaming peasants'. (But as such we would have no historical records about them.) But in England at least this corresponds with the Anglo-Saxon period, and they had their own word for peasants: slaves. (they did have a middle class however, freemen.) Question still suffers from generality. 500 year time span and every political division in 'Europe'.
    – justCal
    Commented Mar 28, 2021 at 18:34
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    There is quite a bit of information for some areas and times, but 'Europe' covers too much territory to try to narrow down an answer. Check the question on medieval villages from earlier in the week. By giving a specific date and nation/ethnicity, the user provides enough information that specific history could be referenced. Some of those sources might help you as well.
    – justCal
    Commented Mar 28, 2021 at 18:48


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