Medici Collection


Monday, November 30, 2015

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Lecture, Houghton Library, Harvard College,
Edison and Newman Room

The HBS Medici Collection: Florence and International Trade, 1400-1600
William Caferro (Vanderbilt University)

Professor Caferro will speak about the HBS Medici Collection and larger issues in the economic history of Renaissance Italy and the Mediterranean.

The lecture will be preceded by a small reception in the Edison and Newman Room at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Lecture, Harvard Business School
Baker Library | Bloomberg Center, Room 102

The HBS Medici Collection: Merchants, Markets, and Business Practices in the Renaissance
William Caferro (Vanderbilt University)

Professor Caferro will present on the HBS Medici Collection, the light it can shed on Renaissance business practices, and the early history of accounting and bookkeeping.



William Caferro is Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of numerous books, including the prize-winning John Hawkwood, English Mercenary in Fourteenth Century Italy (Johns Hopkins, 2006), and is the co-author of The Spinelli: Fortunes of a Renaissance Family (Penn State, 2001). Professor Caferro has dedicated much of his career to the economic history of late medieval and Renaissance Italy and is a foremost expert on the use of premodern account books and fiscal records. He is currently working on a book project entitled Petrarch's War and the Meaning of Florentine Wages at the Time of the Black Death.