A Tuscan Lawyer, His Farms and His Family: The Ledger of Andrea di Gherardo Casoli, 1387-1412
By Sean Thomas Grover
PhD Dissertation, University of North Texas, 2009
Introduction: This is a study of a ledger written by Andrea di Gherardo Casoli between the years 1387 and 1412. Andrea was a lawyer in the Tuscan city of Arezzo, shortly after the city lost its sovereignty to the expanding Florentine state. While Andrea associated his identity with his legal practice, he engaged in many other diverse enterprises. This thesis will systematically examine each major facet of Andrea’s life, with a detailed assessment of his involvement in rural commerce. Andrea‟s actions revolved around a central theme of maintaining and expanding the fortunes, both financial and social, of the Casoli family.
This study begins by examining the Casoli family. Because the improvement of his family motivated Andrea, his direct involvement in the lives of family members deserves examination. Additionally, because one can judge the value of a motivating goal, in this case of maintaining and improving the Casoli family, by the success or failure to reach that goal, the outcome of all Andrea‟s actions, this study will present Andrea’s adult progeny as evidence to the affirmative.