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The Family Books of the Castellani

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Florentine patrician and upper class families usually kept their family books with great care, whether they were commercial or patrimonial. This almost compulsive conservation of family writings has been one of the determining factors, together with a continuity of family lines, and above all with the renewal of those motivations, in diverse forms, that induced them to conserve these writings, for the transmission to us of these documents in a quantity that is absolutely unique for this same era. The preferred place of conservation, when a family branch kept its documents together over some generations, was certainly the family palace, and so it was probably also for the Castellani after a certain point slightly before mid-fifteenth century. Nevertheless, up until this time, the very existence of different individuals emerging within the family caused the books to be conserved as they were written separately.

Keywords: Castellani; family books; Florentine patrician



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