Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Family Books in Florence: Evolution and Involution of a Genre

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

Writers of family books in Florence used varying titles for their works. One title frequently applied to this genre is that of ricordi, or ricordanze. But what in effect are the Florentine ricordanze? Private ricordanze are the evolution of what were more specifically the account books of the medieval merchants as early as the end of the 13th century in Florence. In the beginning they were writings more properly tied to the merchants' activities (mercatura) and a direct document of the company, encompassing a broad range of types from "books of debtors and creditors", books of purchases, and inventory books. The first natural evolution of these records is in that which brings the individual to compile books in which they distinguish their personal wealth from that of the company or business, in which they record data relative to their land holdings or other aspects of the management of their wealth.

Keywords: family books; Florentine ricordanze; medieval merchants; natural evolution; wealth



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Memory, Family, and Self — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation