Indispensable immigrants recreates the world of peasants who streamed into the cities of late medieval and early modern northern italy to carry crushingly heavy containers of wine written in an easily accessible and unassuming style it is solidly grounded in previously untapped archival and visual sources. Using the wine porters as a case study the book aims to investigate the role of sainthood for workers especially migrant workers and their life craft guilds and confraternities had arisen in europe particularly in northern italy and flanders since the twelfth century due to rapid urbanization. This book by lester k little is clearly a labour of love by a former director of the american academy of rome just as clearly the authors heart lies not i. Indispensable immigrants the wine porters of northern italy and their saint 1200 1800 by lester k little katherine l jansen indispensable immigrants the wine porters of northern italy and their saint 1200 1800 . Indispensable immigrants the wine porters of northern italy and their saint 1200 1800by lester k little manchester manchester university press 2015 x plus 229 pp 7200
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