Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 518
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Byrne , Joseph P. and Eleanor A. Congdon
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  • Title: Mothering in the Casa Datini
  • Source: Journal of Medieval History 25, 1 (March 1999): Pages 35 - 56.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Children Datini Family Datini, Margherita, Wife of Francesco Datini, Merchant Infertility Foster Mothering Mothers
  • Geographic Area: Italy
  • Century: 14- 15
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  • Abstract: The Datini archive in Prato, Italy, provides much detailed information about mothers and children in a merchant-class household of late fourteenth- and early fifteenth-century Tuscany. Over some thirty years the childless Margherita Datini supervised and cared for children of friends, relatives and business associates, and her husband's illegitimate daughter. Letters, household financial records, and Datini's business ledgers reveal many aspects of the lives of Margherita - as surrogate mother - and the children. The data show a fluid environment overseen by a strong-willed and caring mistress. [[Reprinted from the Journal of Medieval History (at http://www.elsevier.nl/locate/jmedhist), Vol. 25, No. 1, Byrne, Joseph P. and Eleanor A. Congdon, "Mothering in the Casa Datini," p.35, 1999, with permission from Elsevier Science].
  • Author's Affiliation: Berkshire Community College, Kennesaw State University
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  • Year of Publication: 1999.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 03044181
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