A Brief Comparison of Florence and Venice Essay

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A Brief Comparison of Florence and Venice


A Brief Comparison of Florence and Venice
Florence and Venice were the economic powerhouses of the late Middle Ages and early
Renaissance. While there are vast differences between the two great cities, there are
also some striking similarities, the most outstanding being their devotion to commerce.
To both the Florentines and the Venetians, riches had an extraordinary significance. To
be rich was to be honorable and to be poor was a disgrace (Hibbert Medici 32). The
Florentines had a saying that “no one poor would ever find it easy to acquire honor and
fame by means of his virtue; poverty throws virtue into the shadows and subjects it to a
hidden and obscure misery.” This idea was equally true in Venice. Wealth and poverty
were not only personal traits of esteem or distain; they were thought to reflect on the
Republics as a whole. Rich men were an honor and a glory to the entire Republic and it
was a citizen’s patriotic duty, along with serving in the military when called, and
serving in the government, to gain as much wealth as possible (Hibbert Venice 53). This
civic attachment to wealth is the central likeness between the two city-states.

“[Florence] was a city of squares and towers, of busy, narrow, twisting streets, of
fortress-like palaces … convents, nunneries, [and] crowded tenements, all enclosed by a
high brick and stone crenellated wall.” (Hibbert Medici 20). By the 14th century, over
50,000 people lived within the city’s ramparts; less than in Paris or Venice, but more
than in most other European cities, including London. For administrative purposes,
Florence was divided into four districts called, quartieri, which were in turn divided
into four wards. Every quartieri had it’s own distinct character and was generally
distinguished by the trades that were carried on there (20-21). The city itself was a
city of industry, and raw products flooded in from all over Europe to be finished,
polished and dyed. Also, foreign governments routinely deposited large sums of money in
Florence’s immense banks, and many rulers and great Lords were known to be indebted to
Florentine bankers (Hibbert Florence 29).


Theoretically, every member of the city’s twenty-one guilds had a say in the city
government. In truth, a few very powerful families exercised a great deal of influence in
determining the views of the city leaders and what course the Republic’s policies would
take. Thousands of ordinary workers, non-shop owners, laborers and peddlers were
prevented, by law, from forming their own guilds and were left at the mercy of the
merchants and the tradesmen. Of Florence’s guilds, there were seven of key importance,
and fourteen of nominal value. Of the seven major guilds, that of the lawyers enjoyed the
highest prestige; followed by the guilds of wool, silk, and cloth merchants. The Guild of
the Bankers was the foremost competitor with these “big-four” for city power, but the
bankers suffered ostensibly from the stigma of being moneylenders. The sixth guild
encompassed many trades: doctors, apothecaries, shopkeepers, merchants who sold spices,
dyes and medicines, and artists and artisans. Finally, the seventh guild looked after the
interests of cloth dealers and craftsmen of fur and animal skins. The minor guilds tended
to be those with members of relatively humble trades such as: butchers, tanners,
leatherworkers, smiths, cooks, masons, innkeepers, tailors, and bakers (Hibbert Medici
25).


The actual government was formed this way: the names of all those guild members over age
thirty who were eligible for election were placed in eight leather bags. Every two months
there would be a public ceremony in which names were drawn out at random. Men who were
known to be in debt were ineligible, as were those who had already served a recent term or
were related to men whose names had been drawn. The citizens eventually selected were,
for the next two months, known as Priori, and the government they constituted, the
Signoria (Hibbert Medici 26). There were never more than nine men in the Signoria, six of
them represented the major guilds, two of them the minor guilds, and the ninth became the
standard-bearer of the Republic. The Florentines were immensely proud of their system
which, compared to other city-states, was a stable and just democratic republic. In
practice however, Florence wasn’t democratic at all. The inequities are in the open. Not
only were unskilled workers excluded from government, but those descending from Nobility
were also barred from participating in the government (28). Furthermore, Florence
imported great numbers of foreign household slaves who were considered property of their
owners and enjoyed essentially no rights at all.


From around 1270 onward, the city’s trades began to increase in great strides. Most
Florentine merchants dealt in spices, dyes, hides, silk, cloth and taffeta, gold, and
above all, in wool. Vast quantities of wool were imported every year from northern Europe
and brought to Florence to be finished and dyed. Florentine dyes were considered faster,
purer and of brighter color than any other found in Europe at the time. The legendary
banks of Florence worked hand-in-hand with the city’s textile industries, and they
supplied capital and investment money for the merchants and insured their shipments and
cargoes. The Florentines were the inventers of double-entry book keeping and of the
precursor to the cheque, and they were regarded for hundreds of years as the world’s
leading experts in international finance (Hibbert Florence 24). In 1252 the bankers of
the city issued small gold coins that came to be known as Florins. The Florin rapidly
gained universal confidence and was soon considered the standard of currency across Europe
(Hibbert Medici 32).


One hundred and sixty miles from Florence, sitting within a shallow lagoon on the edge of
the Adriatic, lay Venice. From her birth, Venice showed an exclusively commercial
character. The city began in ancient times, shortly before the fall of Rome, when people
fled from barbarian hoards onto the shallow islands of the lagoon. Life on the barren
islets was Spartan and her early people had to tax their ingenuity for survival. They
were able to thrive by producing salt from the marshes and by catching fish and exchanging
their products with people on the mainland. Thus, the Venetians were a people born of
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