A Desirable Residence by Sophie Kinsella, Madeleine Wickham

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By Sophie Kinsella, Madeleine Wickham

Liz and Jonathan are in trouble.They can't promote their outdated house.Here they're, caught with mortgages, mounting accounts and a depressing adolescent daughter who hadn't desired to circulate anyway.Then it sort of feels Marcus Witherstone will resolve all their problems.He understands the fitting tenants from London who will hire their outdated condominium - glamorous PR lady Ginny and almost-famous Piers. every thing goes to be OK.

Or is it? As Marcus begins to get involved with Liz, whereas her teenage daughter develops a fondness for the lodgers, apparently a few deceptions are too on the subject of home...

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Perhaps because of the craft’s newness and the relative prosperity of its practitioners among artisans, the founders’ apprentices also thrived. 122 But it is as likely as not that the experience of these particular apprentices was the exception to the rule; nevertheless, such exceptions likely contributed to the viability of the mythic ideal, keeping apprentices in check through such false consciousness. Apprenticeship in York, Chester, and other provincial cities was not the stable system that it appeared to be in official discourse, whether that discourse was that of the ordinances of the guilds or (as we shall see) the metaphorical master-apprentice relationships presented in the civic drama and underwritten by its association with the sacramental and sacred.

To speak of the “organization” of guilds and civic “structure” is almost oxymoronic, since, unlike London, provincial cities such as York and Chester did not have highly organized, bureaucratic structures. Nevertheless, guild culture and civic organization did overlap, though to be a guild member was by no means a guarantee of access to power or influence. 39 At times that polarization was the source of great tension, though more often than not, the civic leaders of towns such as York and Chester successfully kept these tensions at bay.

55 As Swanson writes, “The statute[s] acted as a spur to local government. 56 The requirement of two “searchers” for each craft also clearly came from the royal statute and thence from civic leadership. This is an important point, for the existence of searchers might seem to support the longheld idea that guilds, through their organization and offices such as searcher, enforced economic monopolies and were thus responsible for inhibiting economic growth or contributing to the supposed decline of urban economies in the late middle ages.

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