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Aaron Allen, Building Early Modern Edinburgh: A Social History of Craftwork and Incorporation

Aaron Allen, Building Early Modern Edinburgh: A Social History of Craftwork and Incorporation Scottish Church History 49.2 (2020): 141–154 © Edinburgh University Press www.euppublishing.com/sch Reviews Aaron Allen, Building Early Modern Edinburgh: A Social History of Craftwork and Incorporation. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018. xv + 287 pp. £80 hardback. ISBN: 9781474442381. Visitors to most regional archives in Scotland will find records pertaining to trade incorporations: bodies of men (and sometimes women) who regulated local access to important craft secrets. They controlled training, regulated prices and strove constantly to protect their workers from the incursions of ‘unskilled’ or unregistered outsiders. Despite the survival of records of this nature, they present real problems of analysis to the historian. Aaron Allen’s work on the Incorporation of Mary’s Chapel in Edinburgh, a body established in 1475, is the first case study of its kind and reveals important details about the inner workings of the type of organisation that was of great importance to contemporaries but that are so often missing from historical assessments of the period. The book explores the activities of the Incorporation of Mary’s Chapel: a group of practitioners of ten different arts and crafts that dominated Edinburgh’s construction trade until 1846. Much of the book’s source material is taken from sixteenth- and seventeenth-century http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Scottish Church History Edinburgh University Press

Aaron Allen, Building Early Modern Edinburgh: A Social History of Craftwork and Incorporation

Scottish Church History , Volume 49 (2): 3 – Oct 1, 2020

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Edinburgh University Press
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2516-6298
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2516-6301
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10.3366/sch.2020.0033
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Scottish Church History 49.2 (2020): 141–154 © Edinburgh University Press www.euppublishing.com/sch Reviews Aaron Allen, Building Early Modern Edinburgh: A Social History of Craftwork and Incorporation. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018. xv + 287 pp. £80 hardback. ISBN: 9781474442381. Visitors to most regional archives in Scotland will find records pertaining to trade incorporations: bodies of men (and sometimes women) who regulated local access to important craft secrets. They controlled training, regulated prices and strove constantly to protect their workers from the incursions of ‘unskilled’ or unregistered outsiders. Despite the survival of records of this nature, they present real problems of analysis to the historian. Aaron Allen’s work on the Incorporation of Mary’s Chapel in Edinburgh, a body established in 1475, is the first case study of its kind and reveals important details about the inner workings of the type of organisation that was of great importance to contemporaries but that are so often missing from historical assessments of the period. The book explores the activities of the Incorporation of Mary’s Chapel: a group of practitioners of ten different arts and crafts that dominated Edinburgh’s construction trade until 1846. Much of the book’s source material is taken from sixteenth- and seventeenth-century

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Published: Oct 1, 2020

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