The Rise and Decline of the Medici Bank: 1397-1494

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Beard Books, 1999 - Business & Economics - 500 pages
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A classic history of banking and trade in the medieval period, combining superb research and analysis with graceful writing.

The Medici Bank was the most powerful banking house of the 15th century. Headquartered in Florence, Italy, it established branches in Rome, Venice, Geneva, Lyons, Bruges, London, and many other cities. The bank served as financial agent of the Church, extended credit to monarchs, and facilitated international trade in Western Europe. By their personal influence and the use of their profits, the owners and administrators of the bank contributed significantly to the development of Florence as the greatest center of the Renaissance.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
THE MEDICI BANK AND ITS INSTITUTIONAL BACKGROUND
9
1 THE CHURCHS USURY DOCTRINE AND THE BUSINESS WORLD
10
2 THE MONEYCHANGERS GILD AND THE MEDICI BANK
14
3 THE FLORENTINE CATASTO
21
4 MONETARY SYSTEMS USED IN THE MEDICI RECORDS
31
THE ANTECEDENTS AND THE EARLY YEARS OF THE MEDICI BANK UNDER THE MANAGEMENT OF GIOVANNI DI BICCI 13971429
35
THE HEYDAY OF THE MEDICI BANK COSIMO AT THE HELM 14291464
53
2 VENICE
240
MEDICI ESTABLISHMENTS IN ITALY THE BRANCHES IN NAPLES MILAN AND PISA
254
2 MILAN
261
3 PISA
275
BRANCHES OF THE MEDICI BANK OUTSIDE ITALY GENEVA LYONS AND AVIGNON
279
2 LYONS
289
3 AVIGNON
311
MEDICI BRANCHES OUTSIDE ITALY BRUGES AND LONDON
317

THE LEGAL STATUS AND ECONOMIC STRUCTURE OF THE MEDICI BANK
77
2 BRANCH MANAGEMENT
86
3 CORRESPONDENCE AND ACCOUNTING PROCEDURE
96
4 TIME DEPOSITS
100
BANKING AND THE MONEY MARKET AT THE TIME OF THE MEDICI
108
THE MEDICI AS MERCHANTS AND AS DEALERS IN ALUM AND IRON
142
2 THE ALUM MONOPOLY
152
3 THE IRON ORE OF ELBA
164
THE MEDICI AS INDUSTRIAL ENTREPRENEURS
167
THE MEDICI AND THE FINANCIAL BUSINESS OF THE PAPACY THE ROME BRANCH OF THE MEDICI BANK
194
MEDICI ESTABLISHMENTS IN ITALY THE TAVOLA IN FLORENCE AND THE FONDACO IN VENICE
225
2 THE LONDON BRANCH FROM 1451 TO 1480
325
3 THE BRUGES BRANCH FROM 1451 TO 1473
338
4 THE DIFFICULTIES WITH TOMMASO PORTINARI 14731481 AND THE DISASTROUS LIQUIDATION OF THE BRUGES AND LONDON B...
346
THE DECLINE 14641494
358
CHRONOLOGICAL LIST OF THE GENERAL MANAGERS AND BRANCH MANAGERS OF THE MEDICI BANK
377
LIST OF DATES AND EVENTS IMPORTANT FOR THE HISTORY OF THE MEDICI BANK
380
GENEALOGICAL TABLES
382
BIBLIOGRAPHY
391
NOTES
409
INDEX
485
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