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Miners’ guild
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“The Berg-Knapschaft [miners’ guild] is the entire association to which everyone involved in mining belongs” [1]. Frequently the term Knappschaft (attested since the early 15th century) also denotes organizational forms of the miners (Mining class), the major purpose of which was mutual support in case of illness or disability. There is evidence for associations of miners as far back as the Middle Ages (Bruderlade, Pfännerschaft, Zunft, Bergbaubruderschaften mentioned in Goslar in 1260, for example [7]). The medieval and early modern brotherhoods (Fraternity) combin…

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Küpper-Eichas, Claudia, “Miners’ guild”, 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 14 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_022356>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128



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