The Merchant of Prato : Daily Life in a Medieval Italian City
by Iris Origo
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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This extraordinary re-creation of the life of the Italian medieval trading city, Francesco di Marco Datini, is one of the greatest historical portraits written in the twentieth century.Drawing on an amazing cache of letters discovered that centuries after Datini’s death, he reveals to us a clever, enterprising, anxious man, as he does business, provides his sumptuous home, buys silk for his outspoken young woman and broods on his legacyIt is an incomparable source of knowledge on the texture of daily life in small, earthy, violent, striving world of the xive century in TuscanyDatini probably became more intimately accessible the figure of the late Middle Ages.brilliant and complex “Le Temps de t’As a photo of Tuscany, before the dawn of the Renaissance, it is a complement to La Decameron’ Sunday Times
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