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  • "Up to two thousand of them wove and finished woolen blankets known as flassadas, working in their rooms according to the putting-out system. Woolens in general had gone into decline, but Montpellier served as an entrepôt (warehouse) for the cloth produced in the rest of the province."

    —Robert Darnton, The Great Cat Massacre, And Other Episodes in French Cultural History (New York: Vintage Books, 1984), 115

    September 22, 2008