IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 826: To Italy... and Beyond: Borders as Markers of Space, Culture, and Identity in the Italian Peninsula and Its Near Neighbours, II

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:School of History, University College Dublin / St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews / Institute for Medieval Research, University of Nottingham
Organiser:Edward Coleman, Department of History,
Moderator/Chair:Ross Balzaretti, Institute for Medieval Research, University of Nottingham
Paper 826-aThe Contado as a Constructed Marker of Space in the Struggle for Food Security in Medieval Tuscany
(Language: English)
George Dameron, Department of History, Saint Michael's College, Vermont
Index terms: Daily Life, Economics - Trade, Economics - Urban
Paper 826-bAt the Borders of Commerce: Trecche, the Unwanted Merchants of Florence
(Language: English)
Marie D'Aguanno Ito, Department of History, American University, Washington, DC
Index terms: Daily Life, Economics - Trade, Economics - Urban
Paper 826-cCitizens beyond Frontiers: Being Abroad in Wartime - Some Florentine and Sienese Cases
(Language: English)
Daniele Troilo, School of History University College Dublin
Index terms: Military History, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

This is the second of two sessions focused on medieval Italy, which is well suited to the Congress theme of ‘Borders’ as it was highly fragmented in its political geography, economy, languages, and culture. Papers in this session continue the exploration of these issues by adding further perspectives. Using grain provisioning strategies pursued by several Tuscan communes as a focus, Paper-a argues that for contiguous cities, rural producers and marketers of grain, the limits of the ‘contado’ were fluid and permeable. Paper-b then considers medieval Florence’s lowest-capitalized merchants, the ‘trecche’, a marginalized group that operated precariously at the borders of Florence’s commercial environment. Finally Paper-c uncovers the stories of some Florentine and Sienese citizens who found themselves abroad in the fateful year of 1260, seeking to understand the logic of being beyond frontiers during war.