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Author Caferro, William, author.

Title Petrarch's war : Florence and the Black Death in context / William Caferro, Vanderbilt University
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2018


Description 1 online resource : maps
Contents Introduction: plague in context: Florence 1349-50 -- 1. Petrarch's war -- 2. The practice of war and the Florentine army -- 3. Economy of war at a time of plague -- 4. Plague, soldiers' wages, and the Florentine public workforce -- 5. The bell ringer travels to Avignon, the cook goes to Hungary: towards an understanding of the Florentine labor force, 1349-50 -- Epilogue: why two years matter (and the short-term is not inconsistent with the long-term)
Summary "This revisionist account of the economic, literary and social history of Florence in the immediate aftermath of the Black Death connects warfare with the plague narrative. Organised around Petrarch's 'war' against the Ubaldini clan of 1349-1350, which formed the prelude to his meeting and friendship with Boccaccio, William Caferro's work examines the institutional and economic effects of the war, alongside literary and historical patterns. Caferro pays close attention to the meaning of wages in context, including those of soldiers, thereby revising our understanding of wage data in the distant past and highlighting the consequences of a constricted workforce that resulted in the use of cooks and servants on important embassies. Drawing on rigorous archival research, this book will stimulate discussion among academics and offers a new contribution to our understanding of Renaissance Florence. It stresses the importance of short-termism and contradiction as subjects of historical inquiry"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
SUBJECT Petrarca, Francesco, 1304-1374. Epistolae familiares. VIII, 10.
Petrarca, Francesco, 1304-1374 -- Criticism and interpretation
Boccaccio, Giovanni, 1313-1375 -- Criticism and interpretation
Boccaccio, Giovanni, 1313-1375. fast (OCoLC)fst00028293
Petrarca, Francesco, 1304-1374. fast (OCoLC)fst00041151
Epistolae familiares (Petrarca, Francesco) fast (OCoLC)fst01361651
Subject Renaissance -- Italy -- Florence
HISTORY -- Europe -- Italy.
SUBJECT Florence (Italy) -- Civilization -- To 1500
Florence (Italy) -- History, Military
Subject Italy -- Florence.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Military history.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781108567879