Life in a Medieval City - Chapter 6, Chapter 7, Chapter 8 Summary & Analysis

Frances and Joseph Gies
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Chapter 6, Chapter 7, Chapter 8 Summary and Analysis

Chapter 6:

Chapter 6 deals with the business and various occupations found in Troyes. Craftsmen simultaneously sell their wares from the first floor of their homes. The front wall has a double-shuttered opening, making for an awning and then a counter to show goods on. The craftsmen will work in full view of the public, such that everyone can see his skill.

Blacksmiths deal with iron, first smelted by charcoal, a process that leaves varying degrees of carbon in the iron, and thus accounts for varying degrees of quality in iron. A smith, along with an apprentice working the bellows, will take iron in and out of a furnace, smashing it with a hammer on an anvil to eventually bend it to a desired shape. Wire can also be made by pulling iron through smaller and smaller holes. "Good...

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