In medieval Ireland, professionals, like physicians, artisans, and hospitallers, were considered part of the nemed, or privileged class (For more information on the other members of this class, see Nemed Class). In other words, they had value, or honor-price, outside of their land and family inheritance. Their worth in society was instead based on their skill, and in some professions, based on the degree of their skill. Though the professional class encompassed many different occupations, the most prominent and likely most valuable ones in medieval Irish society were physicians, artisans, and hospitallers.

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