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A Medieval Merchants Daily Life

It's all about merchants

Connor McGowan

on 20 October 2012

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Transcript of A Medieval Merchants Daily Life

The Daily Life
Medieval Merchant Hello What is a Medieval Merchant? A medieval merchant was a business-person that would travel to trade goods with other villages.
A medieval merchant would source his supplies and sell them to various customers at markets or medieval fairs.
There was a certain kind of merchant called mercers, they traded in fine cloth that was not produced locally, although they were known to sell other goods. Herchant the Merchant Herchant the merchant was a general goods seller and would travel through England trading things like glass, jewelry, cloth, furs, food, wine, and raw materials and spice if he came across it. Trading made Herchant and other merchants rich, and there work also brought wealth to the rulers of the land in which the trading took place as they taxed all traded goods. Obstacles There were many obstacles that a medieval merchant would have to face whilst traveling to the next village or city. The roads between villages were rough, worn and old, this was because no one wanted to spend the money fix them. Another setback was the threat of bandits. Whether you were at sea or on the road there was always the fear of bandits or pirates attacking your boat or caravan and taking all of your merchandise and maybe even killing you. Medieval Fairs A medieval fair was a gathering of buyers and sellers to buy and sell goods, assembled at a particular place at a stated or regular season, or by special appointment. Merchants would come from all around to get to a fair, this made for a wide range of goods and products. Medieval fairs were held in or near towns, medieval fairs were not permanent and traders had to set up their own tents to trade. Daily Life of a Medieval Merchant Morning was one of the most profitable times for a merchant. Things quietened down after noon, and most shops closed at around 3 o'clock. Some stayed open until dusk, and others, such as the barbers and blacksmiths, were open until the curfew bell sounded. Foreign merchants were heavily regulated. They had to wait two or more hours before they could enter the market, giving the locals the best business. Markets were a noisy, raucous affairs as merchants had to "cry the wares" as their was no other way of advertising their wares. Some had to be fined for forcibly grabbing hold of passers-by in their enthusiasm to make a sale. Saturday was early closing time for shops, noon was usually the close of business. On Sunday, however, the "Lords day of rest", all of the normal shops were closed, although Sunday wasn't as restful as first thought. Some trades were allowed to work after Mass, and some fieldwork was allowed to be done before Mass. A few places even had the privilege of Sunday market. The merchant, during this transitional period, had to contend for respect and honor with the nobility and the knighthood, that traditional order that stood at the head of medieval society. Thanks For Listening By Khoi, Connor and James
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