Medieval towns evolved in a turbulent world fraught with hazards. In response to these dangers, townsmen developed two protective agencies: leagues and guilds. This lesson first looks at how cities banded together to protect their common economic and political interests. It then turns to guilds, quasi-socialist organizations formed by members of the same craft to protect their trade from outside competition through stringent standards of production and commerce. The lesson concludes with a picture essay on daily life in medieval towns.
This is a self-contained PowerPoint that develops slide by slide while other notes for the students scroll down the side. It can be run as a timed presentation on its own, presented slide by slide for discussion, or integrated into your other lectures. There are also extensive pictures with captions mixed in to illustrate the lesson and capture students’ interest. This packet also contains a student reading, flowchart, and the author’s own research notes which contain lots of details and interesting trivia to spice up your class.
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