Subtypes Guilds - Militia-guilds - The Netherlands and Belgium

Literally, the name schuttersgilde translates as 'shooting association'. Members of these associations were well to do city citizens (poorters) with more or less the same social background, but from different occupational groups. Members were expected to buy their own weaponry, thus they had to be wealthy enough to do so. City administrations were often closely concerned with the workings of the schuttersgilden, for obvious reasons, and were involved in assigning new (board) members, providing regulations and even reorganizing the association if necessary (Knevel, 1994).



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