IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 214: Political, Cultural, and Literary Encounters in the Mediterranean, II: Merchants, Nobles and Minorities between East and West

Monday 12 July 2004, 14.15-15.45

Organisers:Eleni Sakellariou, Department of History & Archaeology, University of Ioannina
Kostas Yiavis, Selwyn College, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Kostas Yiavis, Selwyn College, University of Cambridge
Paper 214-aAspetti della vita politica e culturale della Sicilia nella seconda metà del '400 attraverso un libro di conto catalano intestato a Caterina Lull, mercantessa catalana
(Language: Italiano)
Gemma Teresa Colesanti, IBAM-Centro Nazionale delle Ricerche, Lagopesole, Potenza
Index terms: Economics - Trade, Gender Studies, Mentalities, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 214-bGovernmental Attitudes towards Foreigners: Catalans in Constantinople in the 15th Century
(Language: English)
Daniel Duran i Duelt, Institución Milá y Fontanals, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Barcelona
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Economics - Trade, Language and Literature - Spanish/Portuguese, Politics and Diplomacy

In the second session on cultural encounters in the Mediterranean, the focus shifts to social aspects. Caterina Lull was the widow of a Catalan merchant who actively continued her husband’s business in a foreign country, Sicily. Niccolo Acciaiuoli belonged to one of the great merchant families in 14th-century Florence, but turned his back to a career in the forefront of Italy’s financial elite and tried instead to assimilate himself into the feudal nobility of the Kingdom of Naples. The third paper sheds new light on the daily life of a Jewish community in Venetian Crete and on the position of the Jews between a Greek-Orthodox population and a Catholic Venetian ruling elite.