Margherita Datini, Letters to Francesco Datini

The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe - The Toronto Series, Vol. 16

Margherita Datini, Letters to Francesco Datini

Translated by Carolyn James and Antonio Pagliaro
2012 | 431 pp. | 978-0-7727-2116-7 | Paperback 6 x 9 in
$45.95 |

OVEME v16
Chosen in February 2012 as “Translation of the Month” by Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index

The letters of Margherita Datini to her husband, “the merchant of Prato,” are virtually impossible to put down. Margherita is never obsequious, and never holds her tongue as she chastises Francesco for staying up too late, asks about a case before the Eight of Florence, beseeches him to help friends in prison, worries over financial transactions, and updates him on his business, the harvests, and his illegitimate child (whom she cares for) when he is away. Rich in emotional life and historical particulars, the letters are a unique window into late medieval Tuscany and women’s “work.” Thanks to Carolyn James and Antonio Pagliaro for their illuminating introduction and equally luminous translation.
—Jane Tylus
Professor of Italian Studies and vice provost for academic affairs, New York University