Rome’s middle-class clerks

Discussion in 'English Only' started by aiyu, Feb 11, 2019 at 4:52 AM.

  1. aiyu

    aiyu Senior Member

    Rome was also one of Europe’s most important financial centres, whose moneylenders provided gold to popes, and to visitors who needed to bribe their way to a favourable result in the city’s new international Church court, which had recently been established by Gregory VII.

    Rome’s middle-class clerks and minor clergy, builders and soldiers, artisans and shopkeepers enjoyed comfortable lives. The rents they paid were low and many leased two or three homes, along with a little land outside the city. Most owned a horse and a suit of chain mail and on the first Sunday of Lent, when throngs of Romans made their way to the hill of discarded amphorae,

    This is from a book 'Rome: A History in Seven Sackings.
    In the text, I'd like to know if 'clerks' here means 'clergymen', instead of office workers?

    Any comments would be appreciated.
  2. boozer Senior Member

    Clerks here means to me bureaucrats (of sorts), not clerics. :)
  3. aiyu

    aiyu Senior Member

    Thanks boozer!
  4. RM1(SS)

    RM1(SS) Senior Member

    English - US (Midwest)
    Not the same.

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