Journal title STORIA IN LOMBARDIA
Author/s Ilyes Piccardo
Publishing Year 2023 Issue 2023/1 Language Italian
Pages 21 P. 5-25 File size 137 KB
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The essay analyses the people involved in the credit sector in Chiuro, in Valtellina, in the last quarter of the fourteenth century. Using the notarial documentation, the author examines the lenders, their activities, how they are involved in the credit market and how they participate in the dynamic market of Chiuro. The essay shows the role of these operators, by stimulating the commercial exchanges and, above all, the affirmation of the economic and social model of the rural elite. The success of the economic strategies of the aristocrats, through instruments of mortgage and receiving real estate as pledge, makes them the reference point for other social strata that seek to enrich themselves. Merchants, artisans, property owners and wealthy peas- ants attempt to retrace the same economic strategies of the local elite, albeit in different ways, demonstrating the profitability of loans and their usefulness also as a means of mobility and social affirmation.
Keywords: Valtellina, Middle Ages, lenders, merchants, credit, élite.
Ilyes Piccardo, Prestatori e mercato del credito in Valtellina: il caso di Chiuro alla fine del XIV secolo tra élite rurale e affermazione sociale in "STORIA IN LOMBARDIA" 1/2023, pp 5-25, DOI: 10.3280/SIL2023-001001