In a letter to his wife, Francesco di Marco Datini, said that everywhere they were talking about declaring war on Pisa. "The other great merchants and I think we are all undone. May God provide us with whatever we need. We are not without stress." Indeed.

But, as he said, he was having guests to dinner in Florence. Perhaps reflecting that she was home alone in Prato he pointed out "we all ought to have a little pleasure or we'd die, and I want to live a little longer just to do some good, having done so much evil…" And Monna Margherita was sending 25 loaves of bread to help the feast.

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