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In the development of formal and informal associations or corporations of craftsmen, shopkeepers, merchants, and families, gathering places like taverns played a central role [2]. Guilds reserved rooms in public houses and rented or purchased halls to use for social and also business purposes [4. 441]. The purchase of guildhalls, beginning in the second half of the 14th century, illustrates the social and political importance of the guilds as well as their self-confidence [10. 2…

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Reith, Reinhold, “Guildhall”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 25 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_030899>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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