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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2020 9:11 p.m. PST

"We probably know more about Francesco and Margherita Datini than any other couple who lived in the Middle Ages This is because of a discovery in the Italian town of Prato from the year 1870: hiding behind a stairwell in one of their former homes was 500 account books and 150,000 papers belonging to the couple. It primarily dealt with their business dealings, but offered much about their personal and social lives as well.

This gold mine of information has captivated historians, with Iris Origo's book, The Merchant of Prato, considered a classic work of medieval life. Francesco and Margherita married in 1376, and together established a very successful business in Prato and Florence, which included selling weapons and armour, and then luxury goods and art. The couple wrote to each other frequently, sometimes more than once a day…"
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