The Naked and the Dead: The Carpenters’ Company and Lay Spirituality in Late Medieval England

  • Mark Addison Amos
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


The imagined and enacted cultural identity of the Carpenters’ Company melds rational self-interest and altruism to offer its communal body as a hedge against bodily and ghostly deprivations. This essay maps this middling economic guild’s dynamic, complex, and often self-contradictory negotiations among its social aspirations, collective identity, and artisanal and religious interests as it confects disciplinary parameters of fellowship, sympathy, charity, and cooperation.


Historical Account Corporate Body Guild Structure Economic Element Patron Saint 
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