The Merchant of Prato, Francesco Di Marco Datini, 1335-1410

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Knopf, 1957 - Biography & Autobiography - 415 pages
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Datini, a fourteenth-century Florentine merchant banker, provides us with one of the great success stories of the Middle Ages. He left behind the entire archive of his business - over 150,000 letters, some 500 ledgers and accounts books, and a mass of personal and business documents that Iris Origo tracked down, translated, selected, and made accessible to the modern reader in this award-winning and singular biography.

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Reading this is the nearest one will ever come to actually living in a Medieaval Italian town. One gets a fantastic insight into daily life - in glorious detail. Datini - the Merchant of Prato - is ... Read full review

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She was a well-known biographer. Born in the United States, her mother brought her to live in Italy after her father's death. She married a Marchese & became mistress of an Italian villa, where she helped peasant children during WWII. She is also the author of The Last Attachment, Leopardi: A Study in Solitude & War in Val d'Orcia.

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