Wall charts, history and European Identity

EU Culture Programme; Education and Culture DG

The patriciate and the estates

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Series:

Kosmos-Wandbilder

Timeframe:

Mittelalter

Scene of action:

Unknown

Illustrator:

unknown

Publisher:

Der neue Schulmann /FranckĀ“sche Verlagshandlung (Kosmos, Gesellschaft der Naturfreunde) / Perthes; Stuttgart

Year of publication:

1978

Themes:

European history   

The picture shows several patricians in a medieval council chamber. You can see the powerful men of the council who came together in the town-hall. The books on the big wooden table served for the registration of trade agreements. The patricians emerged from the local nobility and/ or the ministerialis during the 11th century. The council was an important institution in the towns, which they passed on from generation to generation.