Women, Family, and Society in Medieval Europe: Historical Essays, 1978-1991

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THE FLORENTINE MERCHANT FAMILY OF THE MIDDLE AGES

The history of business organization in Italy during the Middle Ages--a subject to which Federigo Melis devoted so much creative energy--inevitably draws researchers into the history of the family. Through his studies of the enterprises of Francesco di Marco Datini, the merchant of Prato, Melis himself was already bridging the gulf between business life and private life, between commercial and familial organizations.

The literature on Italian merchant families, both on their domestic organization and their business functions, is today quite large.1 In

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Though not concerned with Italian merchants, students of the commercial culture of the Mediterranean world must now regard the work of S. D. Goitein, A Mediterranean Society: The Jewish Communities of the Arab World as Portrayed in the Documents of the Cairo Geniza ( Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1967). For an older, still useful profile of the medieval Italian merchant, see Y. Renouard, Les hommes d'affaires italiens du Moyen Age ( Paris, 1949). Melis' own many publications on the merchant are cited in the bibliography, A Federigo Melis ( Universit... degli Studi di Firenze, Facolt... di Economia e Commercio, Istituto di Storia Economica; Florence, 1976). For Armando Sapori's reconstruction of the merchant's culture, see "La cultura del mercante medievale italiano," in Studi di storia economica medievale ( Florence, 1940), pp. 285-325; idem, Le marchand italien au Moyen Âge. Conférences et bibliographie, with an introduction by L. Fèbvre ( Paris, 1952). One of the first biographies of an Italian merchant, linking private life and commercial life, was R. S. Lopez, Genova marinara nel duegento. Benedetto Zaccaria ammiraglio e mercante ( Messina and Milan, 1933); idem, "Familiari, procuratori e dipendenti di Benedetto Zaccaria," Miscellanea di storia ligure in onore di Giorgio Falco ( Milan, 1962), pp. 209-50.

More recent studies of the Italian merchant family are: P. Jones, "Florentine Families and Florentine Diaries in the Fourteenth Century," Papers of the British School at Rome, 24 ( 1956), pp. 103-205. C. Bec, Les marchands écrivains. Affaires et humanisme ... Florence. 1375-1430 ( Paris and The Hague, 1967). J. Heers, Le clan familial au Moyen Âge. Etude sur les structures politiques et sociales des milieux urbains ( Paris, 1974). R. A. Goldthwaite, Private Wealth in Renaissance Florence. A Study of Four Families ( Princeton, 1968), and idem "The Florentine Palace as Domestic Architecture," The American Historical Review, 77 ( 1971), pp. 977-1012. Against Goldthwaite's thesis that the great lineages were breaking up into nuclear units in the late Middle Ages, see F. W. Kent, Household and Lineage in Renaissance Florence. The Family Life of the Capponi, Ginori and Rucellai ( Princeton, 1977). P. Malanima, I Riccardi di Firenze. Una famiglia e un patrimonio nella Toscana dei Medici ( Florence, 1977). Our own study, D. Herlihy and C. Klapisch-Zuber, Les Toscans et leurs families. Une étude du Catasto florentin de 1427 ( Paris, 1978), also examines the structure of Florentine merchant families in relation to those found across the community.

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