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Food and Faith in Christian Culture$
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Ken Albala and Trudy Eden

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231149976

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231149976.001.0001

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The Urban Influence

The Urban Influence

Shopping and Consumption at the Florentine Monastery of Santa Trinità in the Mid-Fourteenth Century

(p.21) Chapter 1 The Urban Influence
Food and Faith in Christian Culture

Salvatore D. S. Musumeci

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This chapter examines the book of purchases kept by Santa Trinità's camerlengo, or fiscal administrator, Dom Lorenzo di Guidotto Martini, to better understand the alimentary habits and consumption patterns of the monastery of Santa Trinità. Through the use of intermediaries like lay brothers and hired servants, the monks were able to maintain their strict enclosure, while easily and affordably provisioning their monastery to support the full-time congregation as well as visiting guests and friends. Dom Lorenzo's record reveals the dependence of monks on the markets and shops of Florence. The monks ate the same food as their secular Florentine counterparts, since the neighboring families shopped at the same markets and vendors that they frequented. However, they honored the Rule of Saint Benedict that regulated life at Santa Trinità by eating these same foodstuffs in a different manner from their neighbors, and by using appropriate foods at the correct times of the year according to the liturgical calendar.

Keywords:   Santa Trinità, Dom Lorenzo di Guidotto Martini, alimentary habits, consumption patterns, Florence, Rule of Saint Benedict, liturgical calendar

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