Context; patterns of guild activity in East Anglia; guild members and officers; the benefits of guild membership; the guilds of Wymondham; the guilds of Swaffham; the guilds of Bardwell and Cratfield; the Reformation. Appendix: a list of the guilds in Norfolk.
In its richly detailed analysis of guilds' economic enterprises and social functions, this study adds a great deal to our understanding of their multiple purposes and vital contributions to late medieval culture. MEDIEVAL REVIEW [US] Scrupulous and judicious scholar. He provides an excellent introduction to the historiography of the guilds and to the surviving sources for their study... His book carries an important negative message: how little we really know about the functioning and meaning of these institutions. That is of no small significance when one considers how much interpretative weight has been placed upon them. CATHOLIC HISTORICAL REVIEW