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Towns were often located next to rivers, which made trade easier. This also provided a good water supply. Farming methods improved and the rival of trading also contributed to the growth of medieval towns.
Guilds were people that practiced the same trade or craft. They were set up to make sure their members were treated fairly and produced quality goods.Around the age 12, a person who wanted to learn a trade and become an apprentice. He or She lived/ worked in the home of the guild master. After 7 years the guild would take a look at your masterpiece and deiced if you were capable to become a guild.
By selling goods, merchants attracted more people to medieval towns. Merchant fairs were large and sold goods from all over Europe and the east. Merchants became wealthy and powerful by selling a variety of goods.
Diseases were common in the middle ages. Unhealthy living conditions such as rats roaming the streets, poor sanitation, and garbage lying on the streets.Some common diseases in medieval Europe were measles, cholera, scarlet fever, and bubonic plague
Towns were poorly lit at night, and streets were filled with pickpockets and thieves.There were two methods were trial by ordeal, in which the accused had to pass a dangerous test, and trial by combat, in which he had to fight to prove his innocence. Fines and the stocks were used to punish those found guilty of minor crimes. Those convicted of more serious crimes were hanged or burned at the stake.
Most medieval children played with dolls and toys, such as wooden swords and hobby horses. They also rolled hoops and played badminton, lawn bowling, and blind man’s bluff. Also, another way of entertainment, there were mystery plays re-created stories from the Bible. Miracle plays dramatized the lives of saints. The church disapproved of both of them, but most townspeople still enjoyed them.
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