📜💰 Unraveling the Tapestry of Finance: A Journey Through Time 🕰️

Fast forward to the Middle Ages, where bustling market towns dotted the European landscape. Merchant guilds emerged as powerful entities, wielding influence over trade routes and commerce. These guilds not only facilitated trade but also introduced rudimentary forms of banking, such as money lending and bill of exchange systems, laying the groundwork for modern financial institutions.