Feb 21, 2020
The Renaissance in the Fields: Family Memoirs of a Fifteenth-Century Tuscan Peasant
Posted by Duccio Balestracci Paolo Squatriti Betsy Merideth Edward Muir

In the early 1980s, Duccio Balestracci discovered in a Sienese archive two account books kept from 1450 to 1502 by a Tuscan peasant named Benedetto del Massarizia Benedetto knew how to read but not how to write Infected by the urban habit of detailed personal record keeping, he asked various of his literate acquaintances to put into writing the details of his daily affaiIn the early 1980s, Duccio Balestracci discovered in a Sienese archive two account books kept from 1450 to 1502 by a Tuscan peasant named Benedetto del Massarizia Benedetto knew how to read but not how to write Infected by the urban habit of detailed personal record keeping, he asked various of his literate acquaintances to put into writing the details of his daily affairs The resulting account books offer an unparalleled glimpse into the economic and social world of late medieval peasants.In Renaissance in the Fields, Balestracci uses these account books and a host of supporting archival records to explore the lives of Benedetto and his family over the course of the fifteenth century In Benedetto we see how country people could organize land and capital and protect themselves, at least a little, from rapacious landlords and urban administrators By capturing the changing realities of life in the countryside, Renaissance in the Fields offers the best introduction to how the peasant economy really worked, and to how most people actually lived during the Italian Renaissance.

  • Title: The Renaissance in the Fields: Family Memoirs of a Fifteenth-Century Tuscan Peasant
  • Author: Duccio Balestracci Paolo Squatriti Betsy Merideth Edward Muir
  • ISBN: 9780271018799
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Renaissance in the Fields Family Memoirs of a Fifteenth Century Tuscan Peasant In the early s Duccio Balestracci discovered in a Sienese archive two account books kept from to by a Tuscan peasant named Benedetto del Massarizia Benedetto knew how to read but not ho

    Katie

    This is a neat little book, but not as fun as it sounds. "Memoirs" is a pretty generous word in this context: the book is really a study of the account book of the peasant Benedetto, who lived just outside of Siena in the 15th century. That's not to say there isn't a lot of interesting stuff in here - the hum-drum, everyday sort of feel of it is kind of nice, actually. There is also sorts of information about farm life, relations between the town and its countryside, and how the smallest of deta [...]


    Charles Nicholas Saenz

    Despite the wealth of information available to researchers regarding Italian urban life during the quattrocento, little exists regarding the experience of rural society during this time period. Ducio Balestracci’s "The Renaissance in the Fields" represents an import step towards remedying this imbalance in the historical scholarship. The material used for this study is drawn largely from material contained in two booklets from the collection of the Archivio della Società di Esecutori de Pie D [...]



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