The Merchant of Prato: Daily Life in a Medieval Italian City

The Merchant of Prato Daily Life in a Medieval Italian City Francesco di Marco Datini the th century Tuscan merchant who forms the subject of the Marchesa Origo s study has now probably become the most intimately accessible figure of the later Middle Ages

  • Title: The Merchant of Prato: Daily Life in a Medieval Italian City
  • Author: Iris Origo
  • ISBN: 9780140172188
  • Page: 217
  • Format: Paperback
  • Francesco di Marco Datini, the 14th century Tuscan merchant who forms the subject of the Marchesa Origo s study, has now probably become the most intimately accessible figure of the later Middle Ages In 1870 the whole astonishing cache, containing some 150,000 letters and great numbers of business documents, came to light The Marchesa Origo has drawn on this material toFrancesco di Marco Datini, the 14th century Tuscan merchant who forms the subject of the Marchesa Origo s study, has now probably become the most intimately accessible figure of the later Middle Ages In 1870 the whole astonishing cache, containing some 150,000 letters and great numbers of business documents, came to light The Marchesa Origo has drawn on this material to paint, in detail, a picture of Italian domestic life on the eve of the Renaissance.

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    1. This lovely study of mercantile life in northern Italy based on a chance find of a set of documents which turned out to be almost the complete archive of Francesco di Marco Datini (1335ish - 1410 (view spoiler)[ the era of Boccaccio and his Decameron(hide spoiler)]). Datini came from Prato in Tuscany, as a young man went to work in Avignon - at the time the seat of the Papacy and an important commercial centre - where he set up a shop which expanded over time into a far reaching network of compa [...]

    2. A friend who knew of my interest in textiles recommended that I read this. Francesco Di Marco Datini was (among other things) a wool trader in 14th century Tuscany. The most interesting thing about the book is the raw materials the author uses to reconstruct Datini's life: he left unbelievably vast amounts of letters, business records, ledgers, all of which were discovered undisturbed and intact in the 1870s. Just the fact that all this material was left in a room under the stairs for over 400 y [...]

    3. Занимательно. О жизни предпренимателя в Европе до Колумба.

    4. Fascinating insight into life way back then. Then,as now, business was all that mattered to the merchant. Everthing else, everything, was secondary.

    5. "Like a modern day Forrest Gumpp, Datini was an average person dealing with the everyday business of life but one where circumstances placed him at the center of great change. He lived at the time of transition from the middle ages to the modern era and was one of the many who were in the forefront of the march to modern times. He was a minor figure at the Papal Court in Avignon which was the center of a political and religious struggle. And, unlike the thousands of others in the same position, [...]

    6. Well-researched account of the 14th-century merchant, Francesco di Marco Datini. If you enjoy reading about the early history and commercial success of the Medici family of Florence, you'll discover many business details that contributed to the Medici prosperity found in the rich records left by Datini as revealed by Iris Origo.

    7. Quite dry and full of facts, but an excellent book. Taken from correspondence and contemporary writings and literature. A fascinating insight into a family's life in the late 14th century in Avignon and Prato.

    8. Everything you always wanted to know about a 14th century Italian merchant but never got around to asking about - and for good reason!

    9. I read it in Italian. I am normally not a fan of biografy, but I have to say, the life/story of this man was interesting.

    10. Interessant verslag van het leven in het Middeleeuwse Toscane, gebaseerd op het archief dat de rijke koopman uit de titel naliet. Veel boeiende details maar helaas ook net wat te veel herhalingen.

    11. Scholarly analysis of the life of a 14thC cloth merchant who left behind a trove of his commercial and personal papers, by a early 20thC polymath.

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