Dr Francesco Guidi Bruscoli
Senior Research Fellow
Office: Physics 606
Dr Francesco Guidi-Bruscoli gained his degree at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Florence. After an MA in Later Medieval Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London, he went back to Italy, where he obtained his PhD in Economic History at the University of Bari. In 1999 his thesis won the Young Scholar Prize of the European Association for Banking History.
He joined Queen Mary as a Research Assistant to the Borromei Bank Research Project, directed by Jim Bolton, in January 2002. In 2005 he moved back to Italy, where he now teaches Economic History at the University of Florence, but was also appointed Senior Research Fellow of the History Department of Queen Mary. In 2007 he was enseignant invité at Université de Paris VII.
Dr Guidi-Bruscoli’s main research interests focus on the activity of Italian merchant bankers between XIV and XVI centuries. During the later Middle Ages, Italian merchants often constituted the main link between different areas of the continent, thanks to their networks extending on all corners of Europe and beyond. Their business involved international trade, exchange by means of written instruments and loans to sovereign and popes. In addition, Dr Guidi is concerned with their strategies of settlement abroad, their interaction with local markets and with issues such as their collaboration and competition with each other.
Papal Banking in Renaissance Rome (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007)
Benvenuto Olivieri, i mercatoresfiorentini e la Camera apostolica nella Roma di Paolo III Farnese (1534-1549) (Firenze: Olschki, 2000)
Journal articles and chapters in edited books:
‘Banchieri appaltatori e aumento della pressione fiscale nello Stato pontificio tra Quattro e Cinquecento’, in La fiscalità nell’Economia europea. Secoli XIII-XVIII, ed. by S. Cavaciocchi (Florence: Florence University Press, 2008), pp. 863-870
‘When did Antwerp replace Bruges as the commercial and financial centre of north-western Europe? The evidence of the Borromei ledger for 1438’ (with J.L. Bolton), The Economic History Review, 61, n.2 (2008), pp. 360-379
‘Banchieri senesi nel primo Cinquecento tra Roma, Lione e la penisola iberica’, in L’ultimo secolo della Repubblica di Siena. Politica e istituzioni, economia e società, ed. by M. Ascheri – F. Nevola (Siena: Accademia Senese degli Intronati, 2007), pp. 385-409
‘Mercanti-banchieri e appalti pontifici nella prima metà del Cinquecento’, in Offices, écrit et papauté (XIIIe-XVIIe siècle), ed. by A. Jamme-O. Poncet (Rome: Ecole Française de Rome, 2007), pp. 517-543
‘Le tecniche bancarie’, in Il Rinascimento italiano e l’Europa, vol. 4, Commercio e cultura mercantile, ed. by F. Franceschi, R.A. Goldthwaite, R.C. Mueller (Vicenza: Colla, 2007), pp. 543-566
‘S. Giovanni dei Fiorentini a Roma. Due secoli di finanziamenti tra pontefici e granduchi, prelati e mercatanti’, Quellen und Forschungen aus den Italienischen Archiven un Bibliotheken, 86 (2006), pp. 294-320
‘The Borromei Bank Research Project’ (with J.L. Bolton), in Money, Markets and Trade in Late Medieval Europe: Essays in Honour of John H.A. Munro, ed. by L. Armstrong-I. Elbl (Leiden: Brill, 2006), pp. 460-490
‘Drappi di seta e tele di lino tra Firenze e Norimberga nella prima metà del Cinquecento’, Archivio Storico Italiano, CLIX, disp. II (2001), pp. 359-394
‘Der Handel mit Seidenstoffen und Leinengeweben zwischen Florenz und Nürnberg in der ersten Hälfte des 16. Jahrhunderts’, Mitteilungen des Vereins für Geschichte der Stadt Nürnberg, 86 (1999), pp. 81-113
‘Politica matrimoniale e matrimoni politici nella Firenze di Lorenzo de’ Medici. Uno studio del Ms. Notarile Antecosimiano 14099’, Archivio Storico Italiano, CLV, disp. II-III (1997), pp. 347-398
The ledger of Filippo Borromei and co. of Bruges, 1438, edited and calendared with J.L. Bolton and available at http://www.queenmaryhistoricalresearch.org