Loans and Favors, Kin and Clients: Cosimo de' Medici and the Monte di Pieta

  title={Loans and Favors, Kin and Clients: Cosimo de' Medici and the Monte di Pieta},
  author={Carol Bresnahan Menning},
  journal={The Journal of Modern History},
  pages={487 - 511}
  • C. B. Menning
  • Published 1 September 1989
  • History
  • The Journal of Modern History
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