The Guilds of Florence

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Methuen & Company, 1906 - 622 pages

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Must read for Renaissance Studies
An excellent resource for Florentine Guilds and life during the Renaissance. This text includes valuable photgraphs and interesting tidbits of knowledge not found in many other publications.

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Page 509 - ... about 1420. Within three days later our slave Martha died. On the 1st of April my daughter Sandra, and on the 5th Antonia. We left the house and went into one opposite. In a few days Veronica died. Again we moved and went to live in Via Chiara. Here Vandecca and Pippa were taken ill, and on the 1st of August both went to heaven. They all died of the plague. Heaven help them...
Page 286 - And, with no artful coloring on her cheeks, His lady leave the glass. The sons I saw Of Nerli, and of Vecchio, well content With unrobed jerkin ; and their good dames handling The spindle and the flax : O happy they ! Each sure of burial in her native land, And none left desolate a-bed for France.
Page 583 - To the right hand I turned, and fixed my mind On the other pole attentive, where I saw Four stars ne'er seen before save by the ken Of our first parents. Heaven of their rays 25 Seemed joyous. O thou northern site! bereft Indeed, and widowed, since of these deprived.
Page v - Rome — and, as our author tells us in his preface, "the cumulative energies of the Florentines had their focus in the corporate life of the trade-associations, and in no other community was the guild-system so thoroughly developed. " It had much to do in making the city the beautiful and famous municipality it became. After an introduction on Florentine commerce and industry, and on the general history of the guilds, these are considered in groups and separately. Chapters follow on the life and...
Page 269 - Being beholden for their supplies of pigments to the apothecaries and their agents in foreign lands" on their own petition they had become enrolled members of that guild in 1303. This guild relationship endured for more than two and a half centuries, furnishing innumerable points of magnetic contact between Science and Art. The artist members (known from 1349 on, as "The Company of Saint Luke") stood...
Page 582 - ... lugubrious obsequies in the chill twilight of the Laurentian sepulchre, with the remains of the Magnifico were laid to rest the memories of a whole age radiant with youth and glory. With Lorenzo there disappeared the world of the Renaissance, for but a little time...
Page 408 - ... plied. Thus use the dogs in summer still to ply Their jaws and feet by turns, when bitten sore By gnats, or flies, or gadflies swarming round. Noting the visages of some, who lay Beneath the pelting of that dolorous fire, One of them all I knew not ; but...
Page 102 - ... centuries a great change occurred. The renovation of manners and customs, already panting towards a freer life, that became entirely unbridled in the Renaissance, had weakened faith and discouraged religion. It seemed as though the people no longer understood any but worldly pleasures. The letters of Mazzei, the good notary of Prato, the wise man of "rough soul and frozen heart,
Page 512 - Savonarola enters the fire," they said, "he will undoubtedly be burnt; if he refuses to enter it, he will lose all credit with his followers ; we shall have an opportunity of rousing a tumult, and during the tumult shall be able to seize on his person.
Page 581 - It was," records Nardi the historian, "the universal opinion that never since the city had been under the rule of the Medici had it been governed with a greater appearance of civil liberty."1 In 1523, Giulio became Pope under the style of Clement VII.

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