The Merchant of Prato - Iris Origo



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The Merchant of Prato - daily life in a medieval Italian city
Iris Origo
Paperback / softback
Penguin Classics
UK Publication Date

extraordinary re-creation of the life of a medieval Italian merchant,
Francesco di Marco Datini, is one of the greatest historical portraits
written in the twentieth century.

Drawing on an astonishing cache of
letters unearthed centuries after Datini's death, it reveals to us a
shrewd, enterprising, anxious man, as he makes deals, furnishes his
sumptuous house, buys silks for his outspoken young wife and broods on
his legacy. It is an unequalled source of knowledge about the texture of
daily life in the small, earthy, violent, striving world of
fourteenth-century Tuscany.

'Datini has now probably become most intimately accessible figure of the later Middle Ages ... brilliant and intricate' The Times

'As a picture of Tuscany before the dawn of the Renaissance it is a complement to The Decameron' Sunday Times

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Iris Origo, the Marchesa Origo (1902-1988) was an American writer who lived in Southern Tuscany. Her other books include War in the Val d'Orcia, Leopardi and The Last Attachment.

Francesco di Marco Datini, the fourteenth-century Tuscan merchant who forms the subject of Origo's brilliant study, has now probably become the most intimately accessible figures of the later Middle Ages ... paints, in brilliant and intricate detail, a picture of Italian domestic life on the eve of the Renaissance
The Times

As a picture of the daily round in Tuscany before the dawn of the Renaissance it is a complement to The Decameron
Sunday Times

Keyword Index
Merchants - Italy - Prato - Biography.
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Number of Pages

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