Monday, December 23, 2013

Medieval Occupations -- Professionals

Alright, here's a much longer list than the previous two.

Artist -- a painter of portraits
Bowyer -- a person who makes or sells archer's bows
Brewer -- a maker of beer and ale
Bricklayer -- a laborer skilled in the building of walls and ducts
Candlemaker or Chandler
Carpenter -- an elite tradesman, skilled in math as well as woodworking
Cartwright -- a maker and repairer of carts and wagons
Clothier -- a garment maker
Cobbler or Shoemaker -- a maker and mender of shoes
Cooper -- a barrel maker
Dyer -- a maker of inks, paints, dyes, and stains
Furrier -- a person who prepares or deals in furs
Goldsmith or Silversmith
Innkeeper or Tavernkeeper

The difference between an Inn and a Tavern. Very useful tip...

Inns appeared in England in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, and were apparently fairly common, especially in towns, by the fifteenth century. The earliest buildings still standing today, such as New Inn, Gloucester, or King's Head, Aylesbury, date from this time. While inns provided lodgings for travelers, taverns were drinking houses seeking to cater for the more prosperous levels of society. The leading taverners in larger towns were themselves vintners or acted as agents for vintners. The Vintner's Company of London, for instance, secured an essential monopoly of the retail trade in the city in 1364. A tavern of the later Medieval period might be imagined as a fairly substantial building of several rooms and a generous cellar. Taverns had signs to advertise their presence to potential customers, and branches and leaves would be hung over the door to give notice that wine could be purchased. Some taverns sold wine as their only beverage, and a customer could also purchase food brought in from a convenient cook-shop. Taverns seldom offered lodgings or very elaborate feasting, such as would be expected at inns. [source]

Joiner -- a maker of furniture

I personally find leatherworking very fascinating. I love leather and leather objects (clothing, armor, accessories, etc.). There's something earthy and rugged about it that I find attractive. Yes, mostly in
medieval style, but also in some modern clothes, as well. Like leather jackets.

One thing I'd love to learn how to do someday is leatherworking. If I can manage to carve out some time, what with writing and reading and, you know, life, maybe I could give it a shot. Of course, it'd be nice to have someone who already knew leatherworking to be around to show me how it's done. I'm notoriously impatient when it comes to self teaching...

Shipwright -- a builder of ships
Tax Collector
Tinker -- a travelling craftsman who repairs tin pots and other small items, often also a peddler
Trader -- by land or by sea
Vintner -- a maker of wines

And there are the professionals. By the way, if there are any of these occupations you'd like to hear more about, leave a comment and I'll see what cursory information I can dig up.

Dia duit,

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