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GUILD. A fraternity or company. Guild hall, the place of meeting of guilds. Beame's, Glanville, 108 (n).

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For in 1477 representatives and leaders of the urban craft guilds had formed a political coalition with the nucleus of the Moreel faction--a coalition that would govern the city in the following years.
Indeed, the formal division between male and female roles involved the seating of wives separately from their husbands at church, their exclusion from the frequently held dinners and drinkings held by the craft guilds, as well as their exclusion from all craft and civic offices.
In both countries, petty commodity production was well developed, and considerable differentiation existed in the type of commodities being produced by artisans.(54) Craftsmen and retail traders were organized into occupational guilds.(55) In both countries, craft guilds had their own bazaar, were among the most politically conscious groups in society, and played an important role in the life of their cities.(56)
For a long time the genesis of craft guilds was a much debated issue among historians.
On Monday November 14 1436 a certain Coppin Edelinc disturbed a session of the Great Council three times (the institution which at that time was leading the Bruges revolt of 1436-1438 and in which all the deans of the craft guilds were represented.) He was badly wounded in the fight that this incident caused and fled into the church of Saint Donatian.
Unlike England's many craft guilds the Ludlow's Palmers' Guild was primarily a religious body, but one which cared for its membership in life as well as in death.
In medieval times the anniversary of her death was always marked by Coventry's powerful craft guilds who baked God cakes and walked in procession.
If you don't know exactly what you fancy doing stop at which has details of suppliers, craft guilds, organisations and forthcoming events for every type of craft you can imagine.
Political divisions were reflected for artists not only in tangible forms of privileges attainable at court, such as freedom from membership in urban craft guilds, but on a theoretical level in terms of the art they were asked to produce: "an increasing divorce between 'high' intellectual art and simple, popular, didactic art" (17).
York plays A cycle of 48 plays, dating from the 14th century, of unknown authorship, which were performed during the European Middle Ages by craft guilds in the city of York, in the north of England, on the summer feast day of Corpus Christi.
During the past seven years the freemen's eight craft guilds, whose own historic trade and commercial links are believed to stretch back to the early 14th century, have donated PS80,000 to a range of causes across the city's boundaries.
Symbols will depict the pillars of coal that support the city, others will suggest education, craft guilds, wealth and wisdom.