Economy and Social Classes (The Late Middle Ages Part 3)

both the night and the squire represent an ideal and in the late Middle Ages ideals played powerful roles in setting standards for conduct appropriate to one's rank and order in society merchants to needed standards and not only those of trust and fair dealing along the way they encountered a dismaying variety of languages for example systems of weights and measures coinage levels and values that were different in order to do their business the merchants had to a protect themselves and therefore be tough and be try to find some way to overcome the enormous variety of things that we assume are standardized routinely labor became diversified


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