RFTIT Tumblr Weekly Roundup!

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Hey folks! It’s that time of the week again. I’ve got an outline and quotes for Jon II, and work is underway on Politics of the Stormlands as well, but in the meantime, I’ve got some good stuff on the Tumblr to keep your appetite whetted:

ASOIAF:

Non-ASOIAF:

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7 thoughts on “RFTIT Tumblr Weekly Roundup!

  1. Brett says:

    I’m going to have to read more about the guild system. You touched on their role in history and society in one of the chapter reviews, and it was good stuff.

    Were there a lot of journeymen who never became masters with established shops in cities, but essentially remained on the road forever doing work in various places and rural areas? I’m vaguely remember reading about production in rural areas rising as an alternative to guild production in the cities, and was also thinking about the comparison to squires/knights – if you couldn’t afford the accoutrements of a knight (horse, armor, etc) you might stay a squire forever.

    The Polish refeudalization was depressing stuff. A good rebuke to anyone who thinks history only moves in the direction of progress (although it did end up backfiring on them eventually, and by the time they finally started making reforms it was too late to save Poland).

    • Yes! The growing number of journeymen who would never become masters was one of the major factors leading to the breakdown of the guild system as journeymen began to view their interests as separate from and opposed to the masters.

      Eventually, the journeymen formed their own organizations – the first trade unions – and the masters eventually repudiated their guild responsibilities in favor of embracing a new identity as capitalists.

      • Murc says:

        Interesting. Why were the masters taking on all these apprentices they knew would never become masters themselves?

        … it was apprentice fees, wasn’t it.

        • Brett says:

          I’m guessing it was probably demographic growth too. If you had two or more sons who survived to adulthood and followed in your footsteps as apprentices . . . well, only one of them can inherit your spot.

        • That and very cheap labor.

          • Murc says:

            Wow, for once I wasn’t cynical enough. Well played, sir.

            … gosh. People paying an entrenched gatekeeping class a lot of money for training, and a credential, that they think is the ticket to a better life for their offspring, which the people accepting said money know full well is only achievable for a handful of them with the rest being kept deliberately impoverished so as not to threaten existing stakeholders.

            That sounds ever-so-strangely familiar.

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