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MERCANTI TOSCANI E BRUGES NEL TARDO MEDIOEVO

di L. Galoppini (Ed. 2009 Pagg. 484)  edito da Edizioni Plus - Universita' di Pisa

Nel tardo Medioevo Bruges fu il luogo privilegiato d’incontro per mercanti di Siena, Pisa, Lucca e Firenze con le Fiandre, una realtà dove, come in Toscana, emerse precocemente una florida economia di tipo capitalistico. ll libro riscopre, nel periodo aureo dei duchi di Borgogna, la vita di quegli uomini d’affari toscani, i complessi intrecci di famiglia e mercatura, l’incidenza sui locali processi economico-politici e artistico-culturali nella dimensione europea da loro vissuta a Bruges.

The historiography of the medieval economy very often, and rightly, stresses the importance of Italy and the Low Countries, and more specifically, the roles played by Tuscan and Flemish cities. Since the nineteenth century the archival records of Bruges have been analysed, be it superficially, in search of foreign merchants in the later Middle Ages. The living memory of the past among Bruges’ inhabitants, the splendid monuments, and certainly also the progress of historical methodology made scholars focus their attention on the people and activities linking the shores of the North Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. From the twelfth to the early sixteenth century, merchants of the North and South of Europe gathered in great numbers in Bruges: they came from the Baltic area, Northern Germany, the British Isles on the one hand, and from the Italian States and the Iberian Peninsula on the other. Bruges was a Northern trade hub. The city’s wealth struck its visitors, some of whom left their ... continua

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