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The Urban Context

  • Shennan Hutton
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Abstract

A drawing from a fourteenth-century manuscript represents one reality in late medieval Ghent—violence in the Friday Market square.1 Four men armed with swords slash at the jumble of their fallen, disarmed foes, while a dog leaps excitedly across the pavement toward the fighters. Buildings frame the open space around the fighters, and male merchants, clustered behind open sacks of grain, survey the scene. On the right side, there are two wooden booths. In the first, a tiny woman stands behind a counter displaying small wares on a cloth, and next to her are two small individuals behind a counter displaying shoes. The artist depicts them as mute onlookers to the violence, peripheral figures in the background, their small size making clear their relative lack of importance.

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Wool Cloth Fifteenth Century City Government Fourteenth Century Patrician Family 
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