This illustration (from a late fourteenth century manuscript of de
) shows Genoese bankers at work. The Genoese developed
very sophisticated banking practices, including interest-bearing
Another illustration from the same manuscript, showing Genoese bankers
performing transactions and checking accounts.
In addition to producing successful bankers, the Genoese dominated many
of the main shipping and trading routes in the Mediterranean (including
the slave trade), and Genoa was well-known and respected as a seafaring
power. In this late fifteenth century Italian (?) illustration,
enter and depart from Genoa's harbors.
This detail from a fifteenth century manuscript illustration shows the
Genoese besieging a town (in Tunisia, 1390). Note the ships arriving in
the background. The illustration comes from Jean Froissart's Chronicles
(Bib. Nat. Fr. FR 2646, fol. 79).