Krisztina Arany

Florentine Families in Hungary in the First Half of the Fifteenth Century

A prosopographic study of their economic and social strategies.

The study of Florentine-Hungarian economic relations in the first half of the fifteenth century provides a challenging opportunity to survey late medieval social and economic strategies and their adjustment to a specific regional situation. Florentine merchants were actively present with their trading and banking activity in medieval Europe whereas medieval Hungary played a notable role in the political and economic landscape of East-Central Europe during the reign of King Sigismund of Luxemburg (1387-1437).

 

Based on a prosopographic database the study investigates these businessmen’s economic and social background in Florence via in-depth case studies and quantitative research. Concentrating further on the community of foreign traders in Buda as a royal seat in formation, the study reviews also the competition between South German and Florentine traders.

 

An appendix includes the complete prosopographic database compiled for this research, being a collective biography of Florentine merchants and investors working in Hungary in the first half of the fifteenth century. Secondly it includes a list of business partners and transactions in Hungary in the debtors lists of the Florentine Catasto Records.

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Hardcover, format 148 mm x 210 mm, 400 pages, includes tables and maps, a prosopographic database and lists of transactions.

Language: English
ISBN: 978-3-943025-45-3
58.00 €

Will be published in January 2020. Preorder available.

Keywords

Florence / Hungary / Medieval Italy / Trade / Prosopography / Finance / South German Traders / Buda / Catasto / Ricordanze / Mercanzia / 15. Century / Italy

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Krisztina Arany holds an MA in History and in Italian Literature and Linguistics from ELTE, Budapest and a PhD degree in Medieval History from CEU, Budapest. She works for the National Archives of Hungary as head of the Archival Hungarica Research Team as well as curating the Photograph Collection of pre-1526 Archival Records. She focusses her studies on medieval economic and social history with particular emphasis on long-distance trade and mobility of people.

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