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The Merchant of Prato: Francesco Di Marco Datini: Daily Life in a Medieval Italian City Paperback – 10 Dec 1992


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (10 Dec 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140172181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140172188
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Iris Origo, the Marchesa Origo (1902-1988) was an American writer who lived in Italy. Her other books include Leopardi and The Last Attachment.

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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By deliamethcohn@economist.com on 20 Oct 2000
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I had this book on my shelf for years before I read it. But once I started I was hooked. Before long you're engrossed in life in the Middle Ages. But not as an outsider. This cranky merchant and his gentle, wise friend become part of your life - and strange as it may sound, enrich it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Howard on 26 Mar 2011
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Iris Origo was evidently just lucky in obtaining permission to use this matchless collection of bills and letters of Tuscan Merchant Francesco di Marco Datini - which enabled her to pull together such a detailed description of domestic life at the end of the Middle Ages - not that Francesco and his wife spent much time together, and it is their correspondence which helps Origo build the characters of the pair - and thus bring a book of weights, measures and taxes to abundant life.
A must for anyone interested in life in Florence and environs before the Medici.
For more information about the writing of this book read Iris Origo: Marchesa of Val D'OrciaImages and Shadows (Nonpareil Book)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 7 Feb 2013
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An interesting book given a new slant on this period, as it is out of print I was pleased to find a copy
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W.Ford on 7 Aug 2014
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Another Time & Place 8 Jan 2010
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I'm a history buff and this book was, to me, a wonderful walk thru the Medieval period. It describes daily life, business practices, travel, family relationships, homes, family & friend relationships, the relocation of the Pope to Avignon etc. etc. I thought Iris Origo's form of writing was flowing and not in one part of the book did it drag or become boring. I intend to read more by Iris Origo.
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Fascinating...could not put it down 13 Jan 2013
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I bought this on a whim. I am not a huge history buff, in fact I usually read fiction. I have read the obligatory, and did enjoy Schama's "An Embarassment of Riches" and many of Barbara Tuchman's books....but this is different and so much more authentic. The trove of papers and letters that are the basis for this book, provide fascinating details into life at the time, along with the emotion, eccentricity, and spirit of the merchant.
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