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Agnolo di Tura del Grasso (Chronicler, 14th Century Siena)

Demographics:
  • Name - Agnolo di Tura del Grasso
  • Lived - 14th entury.
  • Wife - Nicoluccia (died from Black Death)
  • Children - 5 children (died from Black Death)
  • Occupation - Chronicler, shoemaker & tax collector.
Agnolo de Tura Facts:
  • Lived in the 14th Century.
  • Was a chronicler from Siena, Italy.
  • De Tura was also a shoemaker & tax collector.
  • Was also known as Agnolo the Fat.
  • Agnolo di Tura was determined to increase his standing in the world.
  • As a hard-working man he rose from the lower classes into the upper middle class prior to the Black Death.
  • Married a women called Nicoluccia, who was of a higher class than himself.
  • Agnolo di Tura & Nicoluccia had five children together.
  • Unfortunately his wife and 5 children died during the Black Death.
  • Agnolo di Tura survived through the pestilence (Black Death) and remarried.
Agnolo di Tura & the Plague:
  • In Agnolo di Tura's town of Siena the plague raged from April until October and, according to the Cronica Senese (of Agnolo di Tura), 80,000 people died in those seven months.
Famous Quotes & Passages:
"The bodies were sparsely covered that the dogs dragged them forth and devoured them . And believing it to be the end of the world, no one wept for the dead, for all expected to die." ~ Agnolo di Turo, Siena, 1348

"The mortality in Siena began in May. It was a cruel and horrible thing. . . . It seemed that almost everyone became stupefied seeing the pain. It is impossible for the human tongue to recount the awful truth. Indeed, one who did not see such horribleness can be called blessed. The victims died almost immediately. They would swell beneath the armpits and in the groin, and fall over while talking. Father abandoned child, wife husband, one brother another; for this illness seemed to strike through breath and sight. And so they died. None could be found to bury the dead for money or friendship. Members of a household brought their dead to a ditch as best they could, without priest, without divine offices. In many places in Siena great pits were dug and piled deep with the multitude of dead. And they died by the hundreds, both day and night, and all were thrown in those ditches and covered with earth. And as soon as those ditches were filled, more were dug. I, Agnolo di Tura . . . buried my five children with my own hands. . . . And so many died that all believed it was the end of the world." ~ Agnolo di Turo, Siena, 1348 (Ref 2)

"And I, Agnolo di Tura, carried with my own hands my five little sons to the pit; and what I did many others did likewise." ~ Agnolo di Turo, Siena,
"Father abandoned child, wife husband, one brother another; for this illness seemed to strike through the breath and sight. And so they died. And none could be found to bury the dead for money or friendship. Members of a household brought their dead to a ditch as best they could, without priest, without divine offices ... great pits were dug and piled deep with the multitude of dead. And they died by the hundreds both day and night... And as soon as those ditches were filled more were dug ... And I, Agnolo di Tura, called the Fat, buried my five children with my own hands. And there were also those who were so sparsely covered with earth that the dogs dragged them forth and devoured many bodies throughout the city. There was no one who wept for any death, for all awaited death. And so many died that all believed it was the end of the world. This situation continued [from May] until September." ~ Agnolo di Turo, Siena.

"With these covert evils, the moon is revealed by the sun." [referring to Florence's real motives towards Siena] ~ Agnolo di Turo, Siena.

References:
  • William Bowsky, ed. The Black Death, 1971, pp. 13-14.
  • (Ed: D.S.) adapted from: Deaux, George. The Black Death 1347. New York: Weybright and Talley, 1969. pp. 85ff.
  • William Caferro. Mercenary companies and the decline of Siena, Issue 1, 1998, JHU Press

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