The Black Death Analytical Essay by Primo

The Black Death
A look at documented diaries of families experiencing the Black Death in Europe in the 1400's.
# 9313 | 775 words | 0 sources | 2002 | US
Published on Feb 01, 2003 in History (European) , English (Analysis)

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An analysis of "Two Memoirs of Renaissance Florence: The Diaries of Buonaccorso Pitti & Gregorio Dati which provide invaluable insight on the changing economic conditions caused by the demographic collapse of the 14th century. This collapse was caused by the Black Death plague that wiped out a third of the population. The paper looks at the importance of the information stored in these diaries.

From the Paper:

"To start with, the diaries endorse the already well-documented fact that the 14th century saw a rise in international trade. Pitti's ricordanze tells us that his business pursuits took him all over Europe. He gives us an insight into the nature of his business as in: a failed attempt to sell "pearls and jewelry" in Holland; engaging in horse-trading with kings; unloading nearly 11,000 gallons of wine for a profit of "400 gold francs" (62). The fact that Pitti was able to easily engage in high-profile business is evident when he records that he "possessed 10,000 gold francs between wool, the house, furniture, horses, equipment, and cash" (68)."

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