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Merchant Writers : Florentine Memoirs from the Middle Ages and Renaissance (Hardcover) (Vittore Branca)

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The birthplace of Boccaccio, Machiavelli, and the powerful Medici family, Florence was also the first great banking and commercial centre of continental Europe. The city’s middle-class merchants, though lacking the literary virtuosity of its most famous sons, were no less prolific as writers of account books, memoirs, and diaries. Written by ordinary men, these first-hand accounts of commercial life recorded the everyday realities of their businesses, families, and personal lives alongside the high drama of shipwrecks, plagues, and political conspiracies.

Published in Italian in 1986, Vittore Branca’s collection of these accounts established the importance of the genre to the study of Italian society and culture. This new English translation ofMerchant Writers includes all the texts from the original Italian edition in their entirety. Moreover, it offers a gripping personal introduction to the mercantile world of medieval and Renaissance Florence.

The birthplace of Boccaccio, Machiavelli, and the powerful Medici family, Florence was also the first great banking and commercial centre of continental Europe. The city?s middle-class merchants, though lacking the literary virtuosity of its most famous sons, were no less prolific as writers of account books, memoirs, and diaries. Written by ordinary men, these first-hand accounts of commercial life recorded the everyday realities of their businesses, families, and personal lives alongside the high drama of shipwrecks, plagues, and political conspiracies.

Published in Italian in 1986, Vittore Branca?s collection of these accounts established the importance of the genre to the study of Italian society and culture. This new English translation ofMerchant Writers includes all the texts from the original Italian edition in their entirety. Moreover, it offers a gripping personal introduction to the mercantile world of medieval and Renaissance Florence.

Number of Pages: 407
Genre: History
Sub-Genre: Commerce, History
Series Title: The Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of Toronto Pr
Author: Vittore Branca
Language: English
Street Date: October 30, 2015
TCIN: 21511527
UPC: 9781442637146
Item Number (DPCI): 247-49-0696

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