The Merchant of Prato

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The Merchant of Prato

The Merchant of Prato

Francesco di Marco Datini, 1335-1410

  • Author: Iris Origo
  • Publisher: New York Review of Books
  • ISBN: 1681374218
  • Category: History
  • Page: 416
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A warm, intimate, and engrossing biography of Francesco di Marco Datini, who built a powerful mercantile network in fourteenth-century Tuscany, and a peerless evocation of the sensations, personalities, and everyday struggles of Italian life more than half a millennium in the past. “For God and Profit” is how the medieval merchant Francesco di Marco Datini headed a notebook in which he kept track of his business dealings, and these were certainly his guiding lights. Born in the 1330s in the Tuscan town of Prato, the son of a poor taverner, Datini set out at the age of fifteen for Avignon, where, over the course of the next thirty-five years, he made a fortune trading in arms, armor, artworks, wool, saffron, leather, silk, and much more. Returning home, he expanded his operations, setting up offices all across the Mediterranean, which he oversaw through an unceasing flow of correspondence. When he died, Datini asked that all his papers be preserved in his house, and in 1870 they were found, a little worm-eaten and mouse-nibbled but largely intact, in a sack under the stairs. They are one of the great records not only of medieval life but of the emergence of the modern commercial world. Drawing on this rich archive, Iris Origo offers a wonderfully vivid account of Datini’s public and private worlds. The Merchant of Prato is a masterpiece of modern narrative history.

The Merchant of Prato, Francesco Di Marco Datini, 1335-1410

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The Merchant of Prato, Francesco Di Marco Datini, 1335-1410

The Merchant of Prato, Francesco Di Marco Datini, 1335-1410

  • Author: Iris Origo,Origo, Iris, b. 1902
  • Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher
  • ISBN: 9780879235963
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 415
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Uses letters, account books, ledgers, and other documents to trace the business and personal life of Datini, a successful fourtheenth-century Florentine merchant

The Merchant of Prato's Wife

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The Merchant of Prato's Wife

The Merchant of Prato's Wife

Margherita Datini and Her World, 1360-1423

  • Author: Ann Crabb
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • ISBN: 0472119494
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 275
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The first full study of the life of Margherita Datini illuminates the role and social standing of wives in early modern Italian society

Art and Money

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Art and Money

Art and Money

  • Author: Peter Stupples
  • Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • ISBN: 1443884014
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 198
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Renaissance Education Between Religion and Politics

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Renaissance Education Between Religion and Politics

Renaissance Education Between Religion and Politics

  • Author: Paul F. Grendler
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
  • ISBN: 9780860789895
  • Category: History
  • Page: 328
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This third volume of articles by Paul F. Grendler explores the connections between education, religion, and politics. It combines detailed research, such as on Erasmus's doctorate and the new schools of the Jesuits and Piarists, with broad overviews of European and especially Italian education. Two of the studies appear here for the first time in English.

Civilization and Capitalism, 15th-18th Century, Vol. II

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Civilization and Capitalism, 15th-18th Century, Vol. II

Civilization and Capitalism, 15th-18th Century, Vol. II

The Wheels of Commerce

  • Author: Fernand Braudel
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 9780520081154
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 3
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By examining in detail the material life of pre-industrial peoples around the world, Fernand Braudel significantly changed the way historians view their subject. Originally published in the early 1980s, Civilization traces the social and economic history of the world from the Middle Ages to the Industrial Revolution, although his primary focus is Europe. Braudel skims over politics, wars, etc., in favor of examining life at the grass roots: food, drink, clothing, housing, town markets, money, credit, technology, the growth of towns and cities, and more. Volume I describes food and drink, dress and housing, demography and family structure, energy and technology, money and credit, and the growth of towns.