Subtypes Guilds - Guild Boxes - Germany

The German guild system and their mutual support were comparable to those of the Northern Netherlands. After the Reformation, many guilds channelled their former ecclesial donations to their mutual aid box for the benefit of the poor and sick members. Unlike in the Low Countries, sickness aid was a (partial) loan that had to be repaid after the recovery of the member. When support was offered to the elderly and widows, this was generally a donation, because repayment was often impossible. At the end of the eighteenth century, separate burial and sickness boxes were established by guild members, to enhance financial support in case of death or illness.


(Bos, 1998, 295-7)



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