That’s not what is important. Workers, and not only in the textile “industry” which it was not yet, far from it, but also in the printing activity (the mystery of the English at the time). What was important was the systematic organization of guilds and other professional organizations that included everyone in the concerned economic activity that guaranteed employment and of course that had to take into account the fact it was long and costly to train a new worker, apprenticeship was long and there was competition on the “prestige” of the various professions. You speak in modern terms, not in the terms of the time.

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Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, PhD in Germanic Linguistics (University Lille III) and ESP Teaching (University Bordeaux II) has been teaching all types of ESP

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