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By Laura Crombie

The inspiration of "guilds" in civic society may possibly conjure photographs of craft guilds, the corporations of butchers, bakers or brewers organize to control operating practises. within the cities of medieval Flanders, in spite of the fact that, a plethora of guilds existed which had little or not anything to do with the company 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 nice city centres of Ghent, Bruges and Lille but in addition quite a few smaller cities, whose participation in guild tradition used to be still major. It examines guild club, constitution and organization, revealing the range of guild brothers - and sisters - and bringing to lifestyles the flowery social events whilst princes and plumbers might dine jointly. the main unbelievable of those have been the flowery local taking pictures competitions, whose entrances on my own integrated play wagons, mild indicates or even an elephant! It additionally considers their social and cultural actions, and their vital function in strengthening and rebuilding neighborhood networks. total, it presents a brand new standpoint at the energy of neighborhood inside of Flemish cities and the values that underlay medieval city ideology.

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21v; AML, CV, 16020, ff. 29–31. 42 T. Coomans, ‘Belfries, Cloth Halls, Hospitals, and Mendicant Churches: A New Urban Architecture in the Low Countries around 1300’, in A. Gajewski and Z. Opačić (eds), The Year 1300 and the Creation of a New European Architecture (Turnhout: Brepols, 2007), 185–7. 43 Prevenier and Boone, ‘The “City-State” Dream’, 81–3. 44 R. Van Uytven, ‘Stages of Economic Decline; Late Medieval Bruges’, in J-M. Duvosquel and E. Thoen (eds), Peasants and Townsmen in Medieval Europe (Gent, 1995), 259–69; J.

50 The shooting guilds may have influenced the development of the third group of civic performers, the chambers of rhetoric. These groups of urban dramatists, who competed in regional events and maintained social and religious activities, may have developed out of drama events within shooting competitions, or from dramatic parts of processions, and, like the shooters, they thrived on their regional competitions. 51 As chapter three will show, many archers Brown, Civic Ceremony, 37–9. Cauchies, ‘“Service” du prince, “sûreté” des villes’, 419.

The Tournai guild, like the Ghent guild, used its own version of its past to present itself as a prestigious and privileged group. Shooting guilds are not unique in making such claims: the Jousters of the White Bear of Bruges were named for Count Baldwin ‘Iron Arm’ (d. 879), who is said to have driven the ‘White Bears’ from Flanders. 31 Both jousters and shooters in Flanders were aware of the history of their counts and linked their foundations to great Flemish heroes, identifying themselves as separate and special groups, so as to create an internal identity dependent on the distant Flemish past, not on the princes or lords of their day.

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