The Medieval Super-Companies: A Study of the Peruzzi Company of Florence
From this analysis, the author offers a radical reassessment of the nature and role of these extraordinary organizations. He establishes that although they engaged in all forms of commerce in substantial volume, what made them exceptional was commodity trading, especially in grain, which they conducted on a heroic scale. It was this activity that required heavy capital, sophisticated organization, and an international network. But the author also exposes the limitations of their financial power and explodes the myth that their downfall was caused mainly by bad loans to Edward III to finance his invasions of France. This book is much more than a business history. It presents the operations of these companies in the context of the swiftly moving political, military, and economic developments in Florence, the Mediterranean, and western Europe during a tumultuous period.
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List of tables figures and map page
The company and the family
The nature of the business
The structure of the Peruzzi Company
The accounting of the Peruzzi Company
The prosperous years 13001324
The decline begins 13251335
The critical years 13351340
Al Detail of others balances at July 1 1335
Peruzzi Company and shareholder data
A6 Changes in company loan balances
Exchange rate trends
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Abulafia Acciaiuoli Amideo Angevin Arnoldo Peruzzi 11,000 assets Avignon balances bankers bankruptcy Bardi and Peruzzi Bardi Company Black Death Bonifazio Brienne Bruges Buonaccorsi capital cash Chap Chapter cited close cloth company's creditors Currency Davidsohn debts deposits Donato Edward III Edward Ill's employees England English wool entry evidence expense export factors Filippo Peruzzi Filippo Villani financing fiorino Firenze Florence Florence's Florentine florins fourteenth century France Francesco Fryde Gherardo Ghibelline Giotto Giovanni Giovanni Villani grain trade Guelf Hospitalers Ibid important Italian July King Robert Kingdom of Naples liabilities libri loans losses Lucca Luzzati magnati Medici Bank Medieval Mediterranean merchandise merchants Naples operations Orsanmichele pany papacy papal partners percent period Peruzzi Company Peruzzi family Pisa political profit Raugi rence Renouard Rinieri Roover salary Sapori Secret Book shareholders Sicily Soderini southern Italy Storia economica super-companies Table tion Tommaso Villani wool trade Yver
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