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Capponi, Gino di Neri
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1350-1421. Italy. Florentine politician, merchant and writer of Ricordi (Memoirs). Belonging to a distinguished family of merchants he entered the top layer of Florentine politics. Although he held a share in a silk trading company and introduced the craft of the battiloro (a goldsmith for threads into silk cloth) to Florence around 1420, his prominence resulted from his political career after 1391, the period of the optimates' restoration after the Ciompi-tumult. He played a key role in the Florentine conquest of Pisa in 1406.

A year before his death he wrote his Ricordi, in volgare. Hi…

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Lang, Heinrich, “Capponi, Gino di Neri”, in: Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle, Edited by: Graeme Dunphy, Cristian Bratu. Consulted online on 22 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emc_SIM_000500>
First published online: 2016

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