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Medieval Towns vs. Towns Today

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Molly Duncan

on 17 January 2014

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Medieval Towns vs. The Town of Franklin
Crimes and Punishments
Trade and Commerce
Crime and punishments in present day Franklin
Crime and Punishment in Medieval Towns
Similarities in Crime and Punishment in Present Day Franklin and Medieval Towns
Trade and Commerce in present day Franklin
Trade and Commerce in Medieval Towns
Similarities in Trade and Commerce in present day Franklin and Medieval Towns
Guilds in present day Franklin
Guilds in Medieval Towns
Similarities of Guilds in present day Franklin and medieval Towns
Homes and Households
Disease and Medical Treatment
Leisure and Entertainment
Growth of Towns
Homes and Households in present day Franklin
Homes and Households in Medieval Towns
Similarities between Present day Franklin and Medieval Towns
Disease and Treatment in Present day Franklin
Disease and Treatment in Medieval Towns
Similarities between Disease and Treatment in Present day Franklin and Medieval Towns
Leisure and Entertainment in Present day Franklin
Leisure and Activities in Medieval Towns
Similarities in Leisure and Activities in Present day Franklin and Medieval Towns
Growth of Present day Franklin
Growth of Medieval Towns
Similarities in Growth of towns such as Franklin and Medieval Towns
Nowadays crime is handled more humanely
-suspects have certain rights as citizens
-Punishments are a lot less harsh
-Policemen help keep the citizens of Franklin safe
Rather than using religion, suspects are proven guilty by using evidence
-This is what started to happen in the 12th century
There is also a lot less crime in Franklin than there was in Medieval towns
Street lights are used to help the town see at night
In medieval towns crime was handled very harshly
-If you were accused of smaller crimes you may be put in a wooden frame for hours
-If you were accused of larger crimes you may be hanged or burned at the stake
The two methods of deciding whether a suspect was innocent or guilty were very unfair
-One way was ordeal- if they died then they were innocent but if they lived then they were guilty
-The second way was with combat- believed that god would have the best man win
Medieval Towns were also very dangerous
-There were pick- pocketers, thieves and no streetlights
In the 12th century Medieval Towns created a common law which allowed a more organized system
-Similar to what we use now
Medieval Towns believed in punishment to criminals as the Franklin Police do
There are still some thieves even nowadays as there were in Medieval Towns
In the 12th century Medieval Towns started to use evidence, that idea is still used today
In Franklin there are many fast and easy trade routes including trade by train or truck
Instead of small markets there are Super Markets including Stop and Shop
Jews are treated equally and prosper in our community
Small markets contributed greatly to the growth of medieval towns
Food clothing and household items were often traded in the high Middle Ages
Life was very difficult for Jews
-It was very difficult to earn a living
-They were often the target of violence
Merchants contribute a lot to the growth of Franklin and Medieval Towns
Medieval towns had a market and so does Franklin
Merchants own sizable businesses in Franklin as they did in Medieval towns
Trade part of everyday life in Franklin as it was in Medieval towns
Guilds are less commonly found in present day Franklin
There still are some including a quilters guild
- Quilters work together and help each other by giving their opinion
Experts have apprentices provide help while the apprentices get experience
Guilds provided protection for each other
It was extremely hard to become part of a guild
- Sometimes a boy or girl started around the age of 12 as an apprentice
- After 7 years the apprentice has to prove to the guild that they have mastered their trade in
- If the guild approved of his or her work then the apprentice was allowed to start their own business
Journeymen were people who have learned a particular trade or craft but has not become an employer or master
Both in medieval times and modern times there are craft guilds
- Craft guilds vary from cloth makers to cobblers
Guilds in Medieval times dealt with complaints from customers as guilds do today
Guilds look out for each other and give ideas
Some guilds have apprentices even today
Homes are much larger
- More rooms, do not have to have one room that serves multiple purposes
Usually there is only one family that lives per house
Almost all children survive to be adults
Girls have equal education to boys
Girls marry at a much older age
Medieval European homes were small and crowded, they were usually made of wood
The houses weren't well made
-They often leaned and sometimes there was only one room
-Several families might own one house
Growing up in medieval towns was very difficult
Half of children died before they were adults
Kids prepare for adulthood at the age of 7
Girls married really young
Houses today have similar uses to houses in Medieval Towns
In medieval towns there were schools and nowadays there are schools
There are some families that share their house with other families for example some families live with their grandparents
Running Water
Garbage cans keep streets clean
Toilets get rid of waste
Lots of space between houses
Disease is not as common
Disease and religion are two different things
Jews are not randomly blamed for outbreaks of disease
No running water
Garbage was tossed into the streets
The people had to go to the bathroom in chamber pots
The town was extremely crowded
Death from disease was a part of everyday life
Believed that disease had to do with religion
When there was an outbreak of disease it was often blamed on Jews
There is still disease in modern day
Some of the diseases that were found in medieval towns are still common today but there is a known cure
Some of the treatment they used with herbs actually helped and it is used today
Dolls and toys that were played in medieval times are still played today
Some leisure activities for adults are still popular today including chess, checkers and cards
People in Medieval towns used to play lawn bowling in Franklin people go bowling at Ficco's Bowling Alley
There are plays similar to Mystery and Miracle plays that people still watch today
Entertainment is mostly based off of electronics like iphones
Plays about religion are not called Mystery and Miracle plays
The Church doesn't disprove of plays about religion
Dolls and toys like wooden swords and hobby horses were often played by children in Medieval towns
The people in medieval towns really enjoyed Mystery and Miracle plays
The Church disproved of Mystery and Miracle plays
Some things that contributed to the growth of Franklin
-Dean college brought a lot of college students into Franklin
-The train station is one place which added a lot to the growth of Franklin
- The reason for this is because people want to live near someplace that allows easy transportation

Towns were often located in scattered communities in the country side
- This geography allowed medieval towns to make improvements in agriculture which contributed to the growth of medieval towns
Growth of Medieval towns was mostly based on less advanced factors than modern towns
Trade is and was a huge factor in the growth of towns in Franklin and Medieval towns
In Franklin there is a written right of laws like a charter as there was in Medieval towns
-This charter gave the people the right to govern themselves, make laws and raise taxes
Trade by boat
Craft guilds
Guilds provide protection
for eachother
Guilds share their ideas with each other
More rooms = easier lifestyle
Better Education
Girls were probably not this young when they married but they were still really young
This is what medieval houses probably looked like
Medieval schools
Grandparents live with the family
Disease outbreak was very common
Chamber pots were used to go to the bathroom
Miracle and Mystery plays
Street light
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