Making and Marketing Medicine in Renaissance Florence


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What did you do when you fell ill in fifteenth-century Florence? How did you get the medicines that you needed at a price you could afford? What would you find when you entered an apothecary’s shop? This richly detailed study of the Speziale al Giglio in Florence provides surprising answers, demonstrating the continued importance of highly personalised medical practice late into the fifteenth century. Drawing on extensive archival research, it shows how personal relationships and mutual trust, rather than market forces, made payment possible even for those with limited incomes. Examining the spaces, people and products involved, Making and Marketing Medicine investigates the roles played by sociability, information networks and regulation in creating communities as well as in promoting health in Renaissance Italy.

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Dr James Shaw (University of Sheffield) is a specialist in the history of Early Modern Italy, with a particular interest in market laws, norms and practices. His previous book The Justice of Venice (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006) won the Gladstone Prize of the Royal Historical Society in 2006.
Professor Evelyn Welch (Queen Mary, University of London) is a specialist in Renaissance and Early Modern material culture. Her book Shopping in the Renaissance (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005) was joint winner of the Wolfson Prize in 2005.
"The result is a rich bottom-up account, full of examples while addressing major themes of general interest. […] the authors’ industry and imagination in making account books speak is remarkable." - Harold J. Cock, Brown University, USA, in: The European Legacy, April 2013, pp. 380-1
List of Images
List of Tables
List of Charts
Currencies, Weights and Measures
Introduction and Acknowledgements

Selling Health
The Shop and the City
Keeping Shop

Customers and Credit
People and their Purchases
Recovering Debts

Sugar and Spices

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