Florence’s Economy in the 13th & 14th Centuries w. Dr. William Caferro

In the 14th century, Florence’s economy took off. Director & Professor at Vanderbilt University, Dr. William Caferro, joins the show to explore what happened.

Some topics explored

  • Florence, Tuscany’s governance structure at the time
  • Dante in politics in this period
  • Was Florence democratic or oligarchic during this period
  • Guilds in Florence
  • Why Florence’s economy took off in the 14th century
  • The merchant classes influence over Florence
  • Florence as a commune
  • The concept of Dante living both in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
  • Banks and wool manufacturing developing in the 13th century
  • The pope of the time using Florence’s banks
  • Lending money and what constituted usury
  • Thomas Aquinas’ on usury
  • Currency that was used by Florence
  • Regulatory bodies that existed
  • How disputes were settled between governments (i.e., Venice and Florence)
  • Where Florence sourced its gold for its coinage
  • The middle class in Florence being to purchase higher end clothing

Listen to the episode

The episode can be streamed below and is available on major podcast apps: Apple PodcastsSpotify, and Amazon Music.

Show Notes

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