It takes a village. Or is that a hamlet?

How far apart should villages be in a quasi-Medieval environment? How many bakers are needed to support a town of 800 people? How many fishmongers? Ropemakers? And what other kinds of jobs should I be worrying about? S. John Ross provides a very useful survey of just these kinds of facts and figures in his web page: Medieval Demographics Made Easy.

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About the author

Jefferson Smith is a Canadian fantasy author, as well as the founder, chief editor and resident proctologist of ImmerseOrDie. With a PhD in Computer Science and Creativity Systems compounded by a life spent exploring most art forms for fun and profit, he is underqualified in just about everything. That's why he writes.