Provision or providence. During war in the 13c and 14c there was compulsory purchase of food for the king's army. However, it functioned like a levy as the buyer set the prices - which were lower than the current market. Additionally the food was frequently taken but not paid for. In 1352, Edward III accepted parliamentary legislation demanding his purveyors abide by regulations for fair prices and payment. This had little effect. -

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