IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 621: Cities in Medieval Italy and Italians in Medieval Cities, I: New Approaches to Old Problems in Local and Long-Distance Trade

Tuesday 10 July 2007, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:School of History & Archives, University College Dublin / Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge
Organisers:Edward Coleman, Department of History,
William R. Day, Department of Coins & Medals, Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Graham A. Loud, School of History, University of Leeds
Paper 621-aSeasonal Business Patterns: Solving the Amalfitan 'Enigma'?
(Language: English)
Patricia E. Skinner, Centre for Antiquity & the Middle Ages, University of Southampton
Index terms: Economics - Trade, Economics - Urban, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Maritime and Naval Studies
Paper 621-bWeights and Measures in the Commercial Revolution of the Middle Ages: The Standardisation of Grain Measures in the Florentine Contado during the Long 13th Century
(Language: English)
William R. Day, Department of Coins & Medals, Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Economics - General, Economics - Rural, Economics - Trade, Economics - Urban
Paper 621-cFlorence and the Kingdom of Granada in the 15th Century: The Outlines of a Commercial Relationship
(Language: English)
Raúl González Arévalo, Universidad de Málaga
Index terms: Economics - General, Economics - Trade, Economics - Urban, Maritime and Naval Studies
Abstract

This session takes a fresh look at old questions of Italian urban history. It first considers the divergent pictures of Amalfi and its commercial development that emerge from specifically Amalfitan sources on the one hand and from external sources on the other and seeks to explain the discrepancy. It then looks at the economic expansion of Florence through the problem of weights and measures in the grain trade and staple food supply of the city in the 13th century, and it concludes with an account of Florentine merchants in the Kingdom of Granada during the 15th century.