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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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Surely most Orvietan guildsmen did not read the works of Seneca, Augustine or even Albertanus, but it was hard for them to escape the sermons of friars, who often had sophisticated theological training.
The Mercers remind fellow guildsmen that human beings can doom themselves through their lack of charity (341-48).
Within it the guildsmen took their duties seriously, with plenty of banquets and revelry.
Nevertheless, peddlers, colporteurs, hair collectors and circulating guildsmen crisscrossed the countryside.
62) Such policies were not confirmed to coastal ports, and occur as privileges of guildsmen or burgesses elsewhere.