http://www.calresco.org/texts/mutaid5.htm is Chapter 5, “Mutual Aid in the Medieval City,” a classic summary of guild life in this epoch.
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From Googling “define: guild”
Definitions of guild on the Web:
- (English) A professional association of skilled craftsmen, somewhat similar to a modern union. Painters, sculptors, carpenters, retablo makers, metal-workers all had their own guilds in Spanish America. One had to pass an exam to enter a guild, and membership was generally not open to indigenous artisans.
- club: a formal association of people with similar interests; “he joined a golf club”; “they formed a small lunch society”; “men from the fraternal order will staff the soup kitchen today”
- An association of men belonging to the same class, or engaged in related interests. By the 11th century in Europe, an organization of merchants had begun to form guilds for mutual aid and protection. They were originally licensed by a government, and granted special privileges and authority. Examples of Medieval guilds are the Stationers’ (booksellers) Guild, the Merchantsí Guild and the Ironmongers’ (iron dealers) Guild to modern guilds such as the Screen Actors Guild.
- a group of species that use the same resource in a similar way.
- originating in the Middle Ages, an association of skilled craftsmen practicing a particular craft.
- Species similar in thier habitat needs as well as their response to habitat changes (e.g., ovenbird and woodthrush). One species in a guild is often used to represent the others when developing a stewardship management plan.
- A group of individuals who practice a similar trade, skill, or craft as an organization
- An association of artists or craftspeople with similar interests.
- An organization chartered in one or more Kingdoms (or smaller geographical groups) to promote the study and practice of some particular Art or Science. Some guilds establish titles for leaders and members, but usage varies widely.
- A medieval association of merchants and artisans created for protection, mutual aid, self-governance, and the regulation of occupations.
- Organisations of artists or other tradesmen formed beginning in the Middle Ages. As in today’s unions, the guilds supervised work conditions, the number of apprentices, and materials used. The guild was also an agent in providing materials for the artists to use, such as panels, that had to sometimes be stamped with the guild’s seal before they could be used. All artists were required to join a guild unless they were under direct orders of the ruler. As time went on, the guilds were replaced with the academies, whose main function was teaching.
- An ecological association based on shared modes of life (e.g., sessile filter-feeders) rather than evolutionary descent.
- a group or association of kindred pursuits or having a common interest.
- a union of people in the same crafts such as bakers, merchants, etc.
- the Town & Gown Theatre Guild, providing immeasurable support to Town & Gown Players for over a quarter of a century
- A group of species that exploit the same class of environmental resources in a similar way.
- An “informal” group of people that excel in a particular area of interest and regularly teach classes and hold workshops in this field to others. Examples include: Brewers Guild, Illuminators Guild, Cooks Guild, Clothiers Guild, etc…
- A group of people who have chosen to study a particular skill or area of interest. Membership is usually open to anyone with interest.
- a group of populations exploiting a common resource in a similar fashion.