Session1303
TitleBorders as Markers of Space, Culture, and Identity in Medieval Italy, II
Date/TimeWednesday 6 July 2022: 16.30-18.00
 
SponsorSchool of History, University College Dublin / St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews / Institute for Medieval Research, University of Nottingham
 
OrganiserEdward Coleman, School of History, University College Dublin
 
Moderator/ChairEdward Coleman, School of History, University College Dublin
 
Paper 1303-a The Contado as a Constructed Marker of Space in the Struggle for Food Security in Medieval Tuscany
(Language: English)
George Dameron, Department of History, Saint Michael's College, Vermont
Index Terms: Daily Life; Economics - Trade; Economics - Urban
Paper 1303-b At the Borders of Commerce: Trecche, the Unwanted Merchants of Florence
(Language: English)
Marie D'Aguanno Ito, Department of History & Art History, George Mason University, Virginia
Index Terms: Daily Life; Economics - Trade; Economics - Urban
Paper 1303-c Citizens beyond Frontiers: Being Abroad in Wartime - Some Florentine and Sienese Cases
(Language: English)
Daniele Troilo, Independent Scholar, Roma
Index Terms: Military History; Politics and Diplomacy
 
AbstractThis is the second of two sessions focused on medieval Italy, which is well suited to the Congress theme of 'Borders' as it was highly fragmented in its political geography, culture, economy and languages. Papers in this session continue the exploration of these issues. Paper-a argues that for contiguous cities, rural producers and marketers of grain, the limits of the contado were fluid and permeable. It focuses in particular on the grain provisioning strategies pursued by several Tuscan communes. Paper-b considers medieval Florence's lowest-capitalized merchants, the trecche, a marginalised group that operated precariously at the borders of Florence's commercial environment. Paper-c uncovers the stories of some Florentine and Sienese citizens who found themselves abroad in the fateful year of 1260, seeking to understand the logic of being beyond frontiers during war.