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Frau Reyle

Reyle shows that women were also commercially active at an early stage. She lived at the start of the 16th century, the daughter of a black dyer, one of the few craft workers in the Judengasse. After her father's death she originally tried to continue his trade, but then became a street trader. She sold silverware and jewellery, unusual wares for a street trader, who usually sold everyday articles. This brought her into conflict with the other street traders, who persuaded the city council to limit her to the Judengasse, forcing her to give up her small stand at the gate to the Judengasse. After this she was also banned from dealing in clothing as a street trader.

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