During the early modern period a large share of the urban youth - especial
ly but not exclusively young men - left the parental home to be trained at
a master craftman's workshop with the intention of becoming skilled
artisans and in the hope of astablishing themselves as independent masters
one day. This guil-based apprenticeship system's social, cultural, and
economic aspects and its transformation during the early modern period,
especially the consequences of the convergence - in both spatial and
temporal respects - of learning, working, and living.