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Guild

An association of persons with a particular skill or trade. For example, the electricians in an area may form a guild for mutual support, to route business to each other, or for other reasons. A guild contrasts with a union primarily because it includes both employers and employees; it is based on trade, rather than class. Guilds were most common in medieval Europe, but still exist and have a great deal of sway in some industries, notably filmmaking. Bar associations of lawyers and realtor groups may also be considered guilds.
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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.
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.
19) We lack conclusive dates for the beginnings of the organized craft guilds and the beginnings of the cycle.
The craft guilds would have used them as shock troops by making some concessions to them such as a partial political participation in the city council and the sale of cheap grain.
During the past seven years, the Freemen's eight craft guilds, whose own historic trade and commercial links are believed to stretch back nearly seven centuries, have donated PS80,000 to a range of good causes.
Symbols will depict the pillars of coal that support the city, others will suggest education, craft guilds, wealth and wisdom.
Royal Mail spokesman Mr Giles Finnemore said: "Starting from medieval craft guilds, the Workers' Tale stamps chart the evolution of work in these isles.
Compagnonnage emerged out of and drew upon Medieval and Early Modern craft guilds and confraternal associations.
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).
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.
FOR centuries cloth was one of the staple trades in the city, and the drapers were important members of the craft guilds.
Earlier this month 17 women made history when they were sworn in as the first ever female members of the City of Durham Freemen's ancient craft guilds, which are thought to have been established seven centuries ago.