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The Gaelic Maundeville (Author: John Maundeville)

paragraph 184

And the monk told me that all these were the souls of lords and gentlemen. I replied that it would be better to give to poor men than to them; whereupon he rejoined that there were no poor men in that country, and if there had been, that it would be better to give it to the three thousand souls who were unable to leave the place in which they were than to give it to people who were able to go and ask for food in any place they pleased.