Session 1215: Crafts in Urban Government, II: City and Guild
Wednesday 11 July 2007, 14.15-15.45
|Moderator/Chair:||Matthew Davies, Centre for Metropolitan History, Institute of Historical Research, University of London|
|Paper 1215-a||Economic Activity and City Governance in 14th-Century Verona: The Statutes of Domus mercatorum|
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Law, Local History, Social History
|Paper 1215-b||Women in the Guilds and Fraternities|
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Women’s Studies
Paper a: Craft guilds played quite precociously, that is already in the 13th century, a vital role in the economic and political life of Verona. A fundamental role was that of the Domus mercatorum, which governed the arts and solved their most important disputes, becoming the link between the city productive world and its political government. For this reason the Scaligeri made it a critical element in their seignorial power. The statutes of the Domus (neglected up until today), reorganized in 1319 together with those of the arts are an important source for reconstructing such a typical political-economic organization.