Persuading Your Colleagues
The year is 1305 and change is in the wind. Across the rural fields of
southern France, talk centers around the growing monarchy to the north. As a member of an
influential hatmaking guild, your curiosity in the king is only equaled by your concern.
Your hats, well-made and desired by the well-to-do in surrounding towns, are your
lifeblood. Other members of the guild, who enjoy a prosperity never seen in this area
since the centuries after Caesar, have guarded enthusiasm. They don't wish to rock the
boat, but also fear retaliation if they don't fall in line and support the new monarchy.
In addition, local leaders of the church have expressed concern and even doubt regarding
the monarchies sincerity when it came to Christ and the Cross. But other members of the
town see their interests served best by the crown, not by any feudal lord.