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water deionization processNow let me ask you something. What are the technical/scientific details behind the process of water deionization? Most cost/energy efficient method to make deionized water is reverse osmosis. Know what, I suddenly realized that there was pretty much no defense against thievery except for patrolling city guards which to be honest probably is not very effective, while coming up with a medieval era world. Protection from the law as soon as you got to court only worked if you were noble, and, at least a few of these Robin Hood figures were younger sons of nobility, known to the community.

Crime largely took hold in places where the Lord taxed severely.

The Robin Hood legend comes from that.

If you didn’t benefit the community in some way most communities should turn you in. They took the risk, as long as even if they have been caught, they stood an ideal chance of only having to pay a fine. If you were a male over the age of 12 and someone yelled stop thief! A well-known fact that is. Besides, the entire community was expected to chase, apprehend or stop anyone who was a thief, as I said. City guards are a supplement. Now regarding the aforementioned fact… Unlike today, stealing, while possible during business hours, was not as easy as it’s today, as you can see. Glass was rare, therefore do disregard the glass in the picture.

Except with a shelf extending outward to lay their goods upon when showing them, At night. So they often used one of those half doors. Only with a shelf extending outwards to the street, like the picture below. You will look for a shop that sold the kinds of goods you were looking for, and go in and ask what they had. There was no self service. Since many people were illiterate, Frequently these should have pictures rather than writing. Shops had signs outside that told you what they sold. Things would’ve been shown to you on top of the counter, in conversation with the shopkeeper or his assistant.


Dog are man’s chum.

They have keener hearing and a whole lot better noses for smelling trespassers.

Just bring them into the shop at closing and lock the doors. So a running thief gonna be tripped and a sneaky one intercepted because The opening to the counter could also be towards the door. Consequently, small valuable goods must be on/at the counter but on the far side from the door.

Just have a single, rather narrow door with the shopkeepers counter right next to it and a club under the counter. Now pay attention please. This was still done in many small souvenir shops and relies to some extent on the deterrence value of the shopkeeper being on the way out. The shopkeepers counter would also be their workstation for manufacture.


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