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Literacy in Florence, 1427

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This chapter describes the key phrases 'per scriptura' and 'per decta loro scriptura' with regard to literacy. Literacy in Florence not only extended to the majority of the male population, but was widespread among women too. Social and legal expectations meant that women did not normally write their own portate; the principal illiterates or semi-literates were humble workers or artisans; the vast majority of middle-class and elite male heads of households wrote for themselves. Many poor and low-born members of the working classes even wrote their own tax returns. Social expectations meant that most women did not write themselves, but the Catasto records disclose more than a few literate women as well. Giovanni Villani's famous statistics from the late 1330s, suggested that 67 to 83 percent of males went to school in Florence, were borne out by the 1427 Catasto.

Keywords: Catasto; Florence; Giovanni Villani; households; literacy; per decta; per scriptura; portate; working classes



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