What is a guild?

The social side of guilds

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Venison Feast 2006

Nikki Bowling

There was a social side too as members organised functions, such as weddings, feasts and funerals.

Also, by paying to belong to the guild, members received support. The Merchant Adventurers' royal charter – the rules the Company still uses - said they had to provide ‘care and relief of brethren (members) who suffered mishap or fell into poverty’. For example, Robert Yarum was given alms of 4 pence a week in 1444.

Some of their money was also used to pay chaplains to say prayers for their souls, so that they could reach heaven sooner.

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