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Venetian Usury
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0389  Friday, 25 February 2005

From:           David Evett <
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Date:           Thursday, 24 Feb 2005 23:12:34 -0500
Subject: 16.0368 Venetian Usury
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0368 Venetian Usury

Dorothy Dunnett wrote a monumental series of historical novels, the
House of Nicholas, centered on the adventures of a late medieval Flemish
businessman, whose ventures include the manufacture and sale of cloth,
alum, and other commodities, the management of several ships, and the
recruitment and deployment of a company of mercenary soldiers. He also
establishes a bank, headquartered in Venice, where it struggles for
market share against the Medici and a Genoan consortium (also with
important Flemish connections), not against Jews. I'm not sure how
reliable her history is, but she presents it with great conviction, and
the books are in other ways intelligent. It does strongly suggest that
any time after 1450, Antonio could have sought his 3000 ducats from a
Christian lender.

David Evett

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