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Saturday 11 November 2017

Italy and Britain Between Mediterranean and Atlantic Worlds: Leghorn – ‘An English Port’

Edited by Hugo Blake

Livorno was a remarkably successful post-medieval creation, which became the greatest transit port in the Mediterranean and pioneered the concept of the free port in Europe. Built by the Medici Grand Dukes, it prospered as the main commercial base in the Mediterranean for north Atlantic powers. Principal amongst these were the English, whose Royal Navy ensured their commercial success and Britain’s dominance of the Mediterranean – an area which was still the source of luxury produce and goods and provided a populous market for British manufactures, metals, fish, colonial re-exports and shipping.

This volume brings together fourteen papers highlighting the material evidence of Britain’s relationship with Livorno and Tuscany.

This special volume of Archaeologia Postmedievale contains selected papers from the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology’s conference with the Medieval Pottery Research Group and Archaeologia Postmedievale in the Fortezza Vecchia at the Tuscan Port of Livorno in Italy, 25–26 May 2006.

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Table of Contents

1. Commercio e difesa / Trade and defence

Gigliola Pagano de Divitiis:  English merchants in the Italian peninsula in the long 17th century
June Palmer:  The Italian Letters of Thomas Hill, 1657-1662
Andrew Saunders†:  Tangier and fortified British bases in the Mediterranean
Cristina Bates:  The role of British merchants in Livorno in the marble trade between Italy and Britain during the 18th century
Geoff Egan†:  A 19th-century lead seal from Livorno excavated in London
Danilo Raponi:  Trade and diplomacy: the Anglo-Italian commercial treaty of 1863

2. Ceramica / Pottery

Chris Jarrett and Lyn Blackmore:  Italian pottery in medieval and post-medieval London
John Allan:  Italian ceramics in south-west England, 1400-1750
Hugo Blake and Michael J. Hughes:  The provenance of Tuscan pottery found in Britain: the results of archaeometrical research
Duncan Brown and Celia Curnow:  A cargo of grotesque maiolica from a shipwreck off the north-west coast of Scotland
Ronald A. Coleman†:  Tuscan export olive oil jars in British, British colonial, and Royal Navy contexts of the 17th and 18th centuries: an overview
George R. Haggarty:  A ceramic trade from Scotland to Livorno in the later 18th century
Celia Curnow and Michael J. Hughes:  A maiolica jar with grotesque decoration from New Street, Plymouth