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Date(s) - 27 Feb 2013
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Columbia University Faculty House, Room 2

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The fifth meeting of the University Seminar on Medieval Studies for the 2012-2013 academic year will take place on Wednesday, February 27, from 5:30-7:00pm in Garden Room 1 of Faculty House (Columbia University).

Alan Stahl, of Princeton University, will speak on “Wealth and Power in Medieval Venice: The Condulmer Family in the Century after the Black Death”

The Condulmer family lost out on access to the nobility of medieval Venice by its arrival to prominence after the end of the thirteenth century, when the social order became codified. In the years after the Black Death of 1348 disrupted the existing elites, however, members of three branches of the family followed different strategies, both within and outside of traditional political structures, to elevate their status. Drawing from a prosopographical database of about 8,000 Venetian residents in the period, this talk will highlight the careers of three members of the family and illustrate the ways in which the branches of the family competed and worked together in the quest for wealth and power.

The talk will be followed by dinner at Faculty House. All those who wish to dine with the speaker after the talk must make reservations by contacting the rapporteur of the seminar, Jeffrey Wayno, either by phone or by email no later than one week before the talk. Dinner is a fixed buffet menu, which costs $25 per person. Payment can be made to the rapporteur by check only. Please make checks out to “Columbia University” and write “Dinner” in the memo line.