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    Quote Originally Posted by SillySapienne View Post


    Awesome, I still don't know where that leaves me, though.

    Were there female banker/traders back then?

    Doubtful.
    As I tried to explain, only a tiny minority of Jews were bankers, even during the middle age.

    Most of them were literate artisans. Quoting my Jewish ancestors only (for the second time), you find traders, merchants, herborists, tailors, millers, lawyers, rabbis, sawyers, sea carpenters... etc...

    They just were prohibited to do agricultural work. And even then, the ban could vary with the area, the century and the period (for instance, when they had to find kasher food).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackmail! View Post
    As I said, only a tiny minority of Jews were bankers, even during the middle age.

    Most of them were litterate artisans. Quoting my Jewish ancestors only (for the second time), you find traders, merchants, herborists, tailors, millers, lawyers, rabbis, sawyers, sea carpenters... etc...

    They just were prohibited to do agricultural work. And even then, the ban could vary with the area and the period.
    I don't know what my father's ancestors did back then, he is an Ashkenazi Jew and his roots were in Poland and I believe Russia before then.

    He was a doctor, his father was a lawyer, and for several generations back, his family was in this form of professional trade/practice.

    But, I wouldn't have been able to exist, back then, I don't think. (Were there Korean ladies in 14th century Europe?)

    And, I'm sure being a half-breed wouldn't go over too well back then, either.

    So, I can't play this game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SillySapienne View Post
    And, I'm sure being a half-breed wouldn't go over too well back then, either.

    So, I can't play this game.

    Hmm?!

    Looking like you, even racists go "Ooooooh "

    You'd make an awesome lady.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YourLocalJesus View Post
    Hmm?!

    Looking like you, even racists go "Ooooooh "

    You'd make an awesome lady.
    That's sexist, you racist!!!



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    Well I do handyman work now, and I'm jewish (common theme in this thread) so combining the two I'd be a literate skilled laborer.

    - carpenter
    - artist
    - hustler

    That said, my history on Europe in the 1200's is hazy...I know more about 1500+ (most people do, based on the school system, perhaps). But my answer wouldn't change much. Null point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whatever View Post
    I have little doubt I'd be a bar wench were I alive and kicking in those days

    (I've had plenty of similar job experience in modern times )
    Wait if you are a bar wench and I am a barkeeper, we could...no, I forgot what I had in mind, had something to do with spaceships tho :/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edgar View Post
    I'm sure you're also a descendant of a lowly serf from around that time, and chances are your serf blood is thicker.

    As for me, I'd probably be poisoning wells, and blaming it on the Jews.
    Because that's how I roll.
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    Yeah, I concur with SS, if I lived in the 1300's it wouldn't have been in Europe. Having said that, I'd be a powerful, ruthless merchant. Or possibly a very literate multi instrument playing courtesan. I agree ladies - the options were limited for us!

    Which is BS.

    So if I could choose again, I'd be....a wealthy merchant. Or married to one.

    Wait, wait, wait, actually I think I'd be in a religious community. I'd probably be a nun --> it was actually a common route and really the best hope for education, power, even wealth for women. Plus, I heard them's got a lot of lesbians hiding out.
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