The long-term prominence of Florentine’s patricians has produced a great range of sources, widely originated by the transmission along the time of social roles, political and religious careers, economic interests and heritages, concerning land ownership above all. Necessity of economic administration, but furthermore, of transmitting property and land richness – and memory of these – is the main reason because the private archives of Tuscan gentle families are full of precious primary sources for the study of the country and, more widely, for rural history from Middle Age to XX century. The aim of this paper is focusing on these documentary sources and present a first research’s account about the family’s archive of the Serristori. The case study is limited to the second half of XVII century. In a way, it’s a methodological survey in a particular type of primary source: the private letters about administration and exploitation of rural properties between the padroni and their agenti. The Casato, from the native Figline, was full integrated in the Florence’s aristocracy by the XIV-XV centuries but maintained strong economic interests and a great social influence in the native Valdarno. These letters – exchanged on a weekly or daily basis – are very important to highlight mentality (“paternalism”) and social and economic strategies about the wide rural tenancies from Valdarno to Valdichiana lead by the padroni according to their peripherals agents. But more widely the dense correspondence also contains lively and direct evidences of rural life in a typical Tuscan sharecropping rural area.
|Titolo:||Mezzadria e vita rurale nelle fattorie valdarnesi dei Serristori (secolo XVII)|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|