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The Art of Solidarity in the Middle Ages: Guilds in England 1250-1550

Gervase Rosser


Association in a guild or fraternity was an extremely common experience in medieval Europe. This book asks why so many people wished to belong to these highly miscellaneous groups (only rarely confined to a single craft), whose social diversity was of their essence. It finds a partial answer in the challenging material circumstances of the later Middle Ages, but a fuller one in contemporary debates surrounding the identity and fulfilment of the individual, and the problematic question of his or her relationship to a larger society. These debates are contextualized in a longer history which con ... More

Keywords: guild, fraternity, solidarity, voluntarism, individualism, community, friendship, trust, networks, civil society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198201571
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201571.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gervase Rosser, author
Lecturer in medieval history and the history of art, St Catherine's College, University of Oxford