Middle Ages: Craft Guilds

Middle Ages: Craft Guilds
Middle Ages: Craft Guilds
Middle Ages: Craft Guilds
Middle Ages: Craft Guilds
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Middle Ages: Craft Guilds

Craft guilds formed an important part of town life during the medieval period. They trained young people in a skilled job, regulated the quality of goods sold, and were major forces in community life

Guild Service to members:
• Set working conditions
• Covered members with a type of health insurance
• Provided funeral expenses
• Provided dowries for poor girls

Guild Services to the Community
• Built almshouses for victims of misfortune
• Guaranteed quality work
• Took turns policing the streets
• Donated windows to the Church

Roles of Various People

• Parents paid for training
• Lived with a master and his family
• Required to obey the master
• Trained 2–7 years
• Was not allowed to marry during training
• When trained progressed to journeyman

Journeyman (Day Worker)
• Worked for a master to earn a salary
• Worked 6 days a week
• Needed to produce a masterpiece (his finest work) to become a master
• Had to be accepted by the guild to become a master

• Owned his own shop
• Worked with other masters to protect their trade
• Sometimes served in civic government
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