Donne nel commercio amalfitano (secoli X-XII)
Casagrande, Giovanna (eds.)
Donne tra Medioevo ed Età Moderna in Italia. Ricerche.
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This article studies the business transactions recorded in Amalfitan charters from the 9th to 12th centuries in order to determine the part women's economic resources played in underpinning Amalfitan commercial life. Unlike medieval Genoa, where women are very prominent as authors of transactions directly linked to trade, women at Amalfi appear to have participated as silent partners in their male relatives' transactions, their dowries and other landed resources apparently being used as collateral for liquid loans. The article concludes that a survey of women's property and its use at Amalfi can offer a new, gendered approach to the problem of the invisibility of trade dealings in the city's documentary records.
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