The Gild Merchant; A Contribution to British Municipal History Volume 1

The Gild Merchant; A Contribution to British Municipal History Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...also discovered a resemblance between this London organization and a much later union of the Berwick gilds into one great town fraternity or gild merchant (1 249-943). But the 'Judicia' do not record any union of existing societies4; and it cannot be shown with any degree of probability that this was anything more than a very transient movement, much less that it exerted any influence upon the municipal constitution of London 4. We hear of it for the first and last time in the reign of Athelstan. As far as can be learned, no trace of it is to be found in any later institution. It certainly was no gild merchant, no allusion being made to trade. There are still extant the Anglo-Saxon statutes of four socialreligious gilds that flourished at Cambridge, Abbotsbury, Exeter, and Woodbury7. These records probably date from the first half 1 See above, p. 178, n. 3. wissen ja dass in England die Statuten Wilda, Gildenw., 69. eines solchen Privatvereins -'. e. the z Brentano, Engl. Gilds, xcix., c.; 'Judicia' die Grundlage einer Stadt Wilda, Gildenw., 247, 248. Cf. above, verfassnng geworden sind.' We know p. 170. For the Berwick fraternity, see nothing of the sort. The authors cited App. D. do not even attempt to prove this asser 'Cf. Marquardsen, Haft, 41; Norton, tion. Comment., 19, 25. e Cf. Norton, Comment., 25. 3 'At least, there is documentary 7 All these statutes are printed, with evidence, ' says Brentano (Engl. Gilds, a translation, in Thorpe, Dip. Angl., xcix.), ' that the constitution of the City 605-617; and all, excepting those of was based upon a Gild, ' Brentano evi-Orcy's gild of Abbotsbury, in Hickes, dently refers to the ' Judicia, ' and bases Dissertatio,18-22. The statutes of Orcy's his conclusion upon second-hand autho-gild are more

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