The Accessibility of the Late Medieval Goldsmith Guild of Bruges


  • Silke Muylaert Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam



goldsmiths, guilds, exclusivity, Bruges, late medieval


The aim of this article is twofold. First, it offers an analysis of heredity and exclusivity in Bruges' late medieval goldsmith guild on the basis of prosopographical research. It examines family ties and the entrance of newcomers to this guild, thereby also exposing the flexibility of guild regulations. In second place, it focuses on the relationship between the perceived exclusivity of goldsmith guilds and the functioning of this guild in practice. In doing so, this article becomes a case study demonstrating the place of goldsmith guilds in debates concerning the nature of guilds.


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Author Biography

Silke Muylaert, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Silke Muylaert has specialised in early modern Protestant refugee movements, and is also interested in goldsmith guilds. She earned her doctorate on the topic of the Stranger Churches and Revolt and Reformation in the Low Countries at the University of Kent. During the final year of her studies, she received the Huguenot Scholarship. She is now working as a post-doctoral researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where she examines the influence of returning Protestant migrants from the Rhineland on the Dutch Republic. She originally studied at Ghent University.




How to Cite

Muylaert, S. (2019). The Accessibility of the Late Medieval Goldsmith Guild of Bruges. TSEG - The Low Countries Journal of Social and Economic History, 16(2), 47–70.



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