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Table of Contents
                            Front Matter
	THE TOWNS OF ITALY IN THE LATER MIDDLES AGES
	Copyright
	CONTENTS
		INTRODUCTION
		I: THE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT ANDSOCIAL SERVICES
		II: CIVIC RELIGION
		III: THE URBAN ECONOMY
		IV: SOCIAL ORGANIZATION AND TENSIONS
		V: POLITICAL STRUCTURES
		FURTHER READING
		INDEX
                        
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THE TOWNS OF ITALY
IN THE LATER MIDDLE AGES

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Isabetta, [and] on 31 January 7 lb 6 oz, on 5 February 7 lb 2 oz, on
11 February 9 lb 6 oz, on 14 February 7 lb 6 oz, 10 lb, 8 lb 3 oz and 7 lb.

7 March: He returned the woven piece [14 canne, 1 braccio] and it
weighed 86 lb. He received on 7 March L 12 piccoli.

[8. Finishing]

5 February 1397: Luca di Gasparo mender must have for
burling a pale-blue cloth marked 45 , @ 20s per cloth L 1

8 March: Giovanni di Bartolomeo di Ghino mender must have
for burling a pale-blue cloth, marked 45 , @ 20s per cloth L 1

13 March: ditto L 1

[9. Scouring and Washing]

Franco di Simone, washer and scourer … must have, for the following
work, as follows

9 January: he returned one pale-blue cloth, of two,
marked 45 cleaned L 4

6 February: he returned one pale-blue cloth, of two,
marked 45 L 4

[10. Stretching and Fulling]

Piero di Francesco, called Piero della Dagha, dresser, must have for
the following cloths he dressed:

11 January: he returned one pale-blue cloth, marked 45 L 3 10s

8 February: he returned one pale-blue cloth … L 3 10s

15 March: he returned one pale-blue cloth … L 3 10s

Niccolò di Giovanni, fuller at the Torricella fulling mill, must have for
these cloths …

11 February: he returned one pale-blue cloth

8 March: he returned one pale-blue cloth

30 March: he returned one pale-blue cloth
@ 10s per cloth

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[11. Trimming]

Bartolomeo di Bonifazio and Antonio di Migliore, shearers, must have
for these cloths, shorn …:

14 February: returned one cloth marked 45 , which they
sheared @ 5s per cloth 5s

26 February: returned one cloth marked 45 , which they
sheared … @ 16s 16s

[12. Dyeing]

Francesco di Marco and Niccolò di Piero, woad dyers of the Major
Guild, must have for the following work …

19 April: one pale-blue cloth marked 45 , made elder-green L 7

Sum of the cost of the above cloths: L 211 13s 6d in florins, from which
is to be deducted, for surplus material, L 7 12s. Net cost: L 194 1s 6d.

[13. Sale]

20 July 1398: Block sale of two bails of cloth that I sent to Majorca
via Lucca (to Tommaso di maestro Giovanni and co. in Pietrasanta,
who sent them for me to Majorca, and to Francesco di Marco da
Prato and co. who sold them for me) [including]

One pale-blue cloth, marked 45 , 12 channe, 2 braccia

14 May 1398: Nanni di Bonacho da Pistoia must pay within six
months for cloth bought from me …

One pale-blue cloth, marked 45 , 13 canne and 2 braccia,
@ L 5 6s per canna, amounts to L 71 11s

One dark green cloth marked 45 , 13 canne and 2 braccia,
@ L 5 10s per canna, amounts to L 74 5s

48 The Mercato Vecchio, Florence

Antonio Pucci was ‘one of the most individual and likeable figures of the four-
teenth century’ (Sapegno). In the course of a long life (c. 1310–1388), lived wholly
in Florence, Pucci poured out popular poetry on all aspects of Florentine
history from recipes and marriage to warfare and politics. In this poem he
praises the Mercato Vecchio in Florence in his typical patriotic spirit.20

20 N. Sapegno, Il Trecento (Milan, 1934), pp. 404–15.

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INDEX 251

comparison of cities to ancient
Rome 16, 55

May games in 201
nobility of 143
reforms of Cola di Rienzo 168–

72
statutes 40
towers in 40, 142

Sacchetti, Franco 45–6, 102–3, 155–6,
205–7

Saints
Ambrose 12, 16, 162
Antony of Padua 18, 131
Christopher 46
Dominic 7, 161
Ercolano 36, 55, 77, 98, 126
James 76
John the Baptist 17, 72–5, 77,

113, 114, 240
Lorenzo 16, 36, 77
Mary 7, 12, 16, 27, 28, 29, 42, 44,

46, 77, 98, 104, 196, 228
Mary Magdalen 107
Peter 46, 75, 77
Petronio 38–9, 81, 162
Zeno 46

‘Saints’ (popular)
Alberto of Cremona 79–80
Armanno of Ferrara 83–8
Guglielma of Milan 88–94

Salimbene de Adam 4, 23–4, 49–50,
70, 79–80, 98–9, 161, 199–
200

salt 20, 125
San Miniato

vendetta in 187–8
Scala, della, lords of Verona 70,

213, 232–3
schools see education
sermons 35, 90, 92, 220
servants 12, 23, 64, 104, 109, 123,

152, 156, 191, 192, 197
shamefaced poor 104, 107
Siena

cathedral 8, 26–8, 29, 43–5

chronicles 24–9, 44–5, 152–5,
172–4, 177–82, 184

fist-fights in 184
food-riot in 172–4
hospital of Santa Maria della

Scala 28, 65, 173–4, 182
knighthood in 152–5
marketplace 122
Palazzo pubblico 26, 27
public building in 24–9
revolt in (1371) 148, 176–81

smuggling 17
spicers 22, 77, 122, 222
statues

of angels 42, 43
of lions 23, 30–1, 43, 74
of she-wolves 29
see also Perugia, fountain in

stench 6, 12, 32
streets

cleaning of 6, 50–3, 75, 76
layout of 6, 23–4, 25, 35, 40
paving of 6, 8, 25, 28, 53, 235

sumptuary law 110, 202–5
surgeons 13, 14

taxation 175, 177, 215, 224, 235,
237

exemptions from 61–2, 208, 209,
241

gabelles 20, 37, 176, 188
of clergy 64

Tedaldi, Pieraccio 115, 197
tithe 96
tombs 8, 35, 89, 209
towers 17, 38

along city walls 5, 25, 47
laws on height and use 39–41
on public buildings 19, 20, 27,
private 17, 141, 142

town halls 6, 19, 21, 26, 27, 179–80,
228

bells 12, 20, 27, 28
council meetings in 19

usury 95, 102, 109, 113, 209

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INDEX252

vassals 160, 164, 182
Venice

bullion trade in 137–8
conquest of Padua by 241–4
Hall of Greater Council in 9,

30–4
lions in 48
nobility of 143, 214
promotion of industry in 135–6
rules for election of doge of

218–20
Verona

heretics in 68, 70, 87
market in 125
painting of gates in 46–7
prostitution in 201
statutes 46–7, 125, 195, 201, 232
towers in 142

Villani
Filippo 226–8
Giovanni 4, 5, 9, 37, 65, 94–5,

109, 114–15, 221–2
Matteo 47, 81–2

Visconti, lords of Milan
Azzone 8, 41–3
Bernabò 226
Giovanni (Archbishop) 235–7
Lucchino 235–7

voting 58–9, 62, 217, 219–20, 222–3

walls 5, 12, 17, 22, 24, 25, 27
water-supply 6, 12, 24, 27, 29, 53,

55–6
weather-control 42, 77, 81–2
weddings 72, 74, 191, 192, 197, 205
widows 104, 163, 190, 205
wine 15, 79, 107, 177, 185, 191,

192, 193
women

dress of 189–91
education of 9, 196
excluded from patrimony 198
heretics 86–7, 88–94
in workforce 28, 118–19, 123–4,

130, 147, 191
members of confraternities 64,

104
misogyny 196, 197–8
prisoners 98
recipients of charity 66, 108, 171
seeking cures 80, 83–4
spectators 73, 74, 152
sumptuary law 202–6
victims of theft 101
see also nuns; widows

wood 15, 50, 126
wool see cloth

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