An important amount of traditional trading was done in markets. The rural population's affect on the development of markets depended on the economic situation and the selectivenes [?] of rural households. On the other hand, this economic relation was also driven by urbanization, the growth of the urban population, and the related increase in urban demand for agricultural products.
In general, markets originally developed where important routes crossed, at county castles or settlements around the castles, in open farm settlements, and also at cult places [churches, I assume, but could this also mean at pilgrimage sites? or monasteries?]. Markets were an important factor in the creation of towns in rural Central Europe. It is interesting that, even with the development of trade, markets survived in one form or another over the subsequent centuries and even until the present.
In their early days, markets took place mostly on Sundays, but because of protests by the Church, they started taking place on other days of the week, giving names to various locations: in Slovakia there are Rimavska' Sobota (...Saturday), Spis~sky' S~tvrtok (...Thursday), Dunajska' Streda (...Wednesday), etc.(34)
This also occurred in Hungary: Tarkostedd (...Tuesday), Csi'kszereda (...Wednesday), Csutortokhely (...Thursday), Szombathely (...Saturday), etc. However, Sunday markets still existed in some places in Poland at the end of the 19th century.(35)
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