New PDF release: Archery and Crossbow Guilds in Medieval Flanders, 1300-1500

By Laura Crombie

The inspiration of "guilds" in civic society may well conjure photos of craft guilds, the businesses of butchers, bakers or brewers arrange to control operating practises. within the cities of medieval Flanders, despite the fact that, a plethora of guilds existed which had little or not anything to do with the corporation of labour, together with chambers of rhetoric, city jousters and archery and crossbow guilds.
This is the 1st full-length learn of the archery and crossbow guilds, encompassing not just the good city centres of Ghent, Bruges and Lille but in addition various smaller cities, whose participation in guild tradition used to be still major. It examines guild club, constitution and service provider, revealing the range of guild brothers - and sisters - and bringing to lifestyles the frilly social events whilst princes and plumbers may dine jointly. the main miraculous of those have been the frilly nearby capturing competitions, whose entrances on my own incorporated play wagons, mild indicates or even an elephant! It additionally considers their social and cultural actions, and their very important position in strengthening and rebuilding nearby networks. total, it presents a brand new viewpoint at the power of group inside Flemish cities and the values that underlay medieval city ideology.

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525], ff. 285v–291v. 57 J. J. de Smet, Recueil des chroniques de Flandres/ Corpus chronicorum Flandriae, 4vols (Brussels: Hayez, 1837–65), vol. 3, 37–93; N. Despars, Cronijke van den lande ende graefscepe van Vlanderen van de Jaeren 405 tot 1492 (Amsterdam, 1562: Bruge: Messchert, 1839–42); F. Buylaert, ‘Memory, Social Mobility and Historiography. Shaping Noble Identity in the Bruges Chronicle of Nicholas Despars (+ 1597)’, Belgisch Tijdschrift voor Filologie en Geschiedenis 87 (2011). 58 Jean de Stavelot (ed.

Huyon, ‘Les Francs-Archers; un exemple de réserve active’, Revue historique des armées 1 (1989); Strickland and Hardy, Warbow, 354–6. org/terms ‘for security, guard and defence’ of this town 27 ducal charters setting out what should happen cannot be taken as representative of what did happen. The numbers of guild-brothers set out above were clearly important to princes and, in most cases, linked to defensive concerns. Yet guilds and their civic communities did not always follow the rules; guilds were allowed to grow and evolve.

26 ORF, vol. 3, 297–8; vol. 6, 538–41. 27 de la Grange, ‘Extraits analytiques des registres des consaulx de la ville de Tournai’, 135. 28 P. Fouracre and R. A. Gerberding (eds), Late Merovingian France: History and Hagiography, 640–720 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2006); E. James, The Franks (Oxford: B. Blackwell, 1988), 230. 29 The note could, conceivably, refer to Dagobert II (d. 679). 30 Whether the crossbowmen meant Dagobert I or II, or indeed even if they were deliberately being ambiguous and simply wished to claim ancient status, the claim linked the guild to an ancient tradition of loyalty to the monarchy, just as the town prided itself on its loyalty.

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