Coinage and Coin Use in Medieval Italy
The volume gathers together seventeen articles dedicated to the monetary history of medieval Italy, most of them newly translated into English. The articles in the first section of the volume trace the development of monetisation in Italy from the Lombard period until the rise of the communes, taking Rome, Lazio, Tuscany, and several cities and regions in north-central Italy as case studies. The articles in the second section analyse different aspects of monetary production and circulation in Byzantine Italy, while the third gathers together studies on various aspects of Carolingian coinage: the transition from the Lombard system and the problem of furnishing an adequate supply of silver; mints and royal administration; and the activity and inactivity of mints operating at the edges of the Regnum Italiae. All of the articles share the author’s characteristic concern with setting the evidence from written sources against the wealth of new data emerging from recent archaeological research.
'This helpful volume, part of the well-known Variorum series, collects a selection of her most important articles (in this case amounting to a generous seventeen items), with the usual addenda and corrigenda, as well as a consolidated index ... Rovelli’s work is important for specialists working in many areas of early medieval archaeology, history and numismatics, including those whose interests are not primarily Italian. At the heart of her approach is close engagement with coin-finds and their archaeological context, but also with an eye to the testimony of contemporary documents - an exemplary methodology.' Early Medieval Europe 'This work offers more than a mere snapshot of the field or a rigid unitary perspective. We now possess not only a useful collation of Rovelli’s detailed work but also a body of material that can be easily accessed by Anglophone readers. ... This comprehensive collection, which also addresses a wide range of pertinent fields and problems that affect not only Italy in the early medieval period but also the wider Mediterranean and European worlds, is a valuable addition to our libraries.' Al-Masaq: Journal of the Medieval Mediterranean