Postmortem inventory of Francesco di Giusfredo Sembrini, a notary of Lucca who lived in a neighborhood known as the Corte Overardi. We know that Francesco died in 1348 (see Lucca, Archivio storico diocesano, Tribunale ecclesiastico, cause civili 7, fol. 1r). Indeed, Francesco's inventoried protocols do not extend past this year; he may have been a victim of the Black Death, which ravaged Lucca in early spring of 1348. Francesco's detailed inventory was prepared under the supervision of Simo Lupori, the appointed guardian of Francesco's children and heirs, but it is copied in the hand of Simo's presumed kinsman, the Lucchese notary Nicolao Lupori. It survives today as a set of loose sheets tucked into one of Nicolao's protocols. The assigned pagination preserves the page numbers entered in pencil by a modern archivist. The sequence of rooms and objects, however, is slightly more logical if the folio containing pages 3 and 4 is switched in position with the folio containing pages 5 and 6, since this allows the sequence of rooms to be bedroom - hall - kitchen - storeroom - shop.

  • Record type: Inventory-Guardianship
  • Date: 1 September, 1348
  • Locale: Lucca, Tuscany, Italy
  • Language(s): Latin
  • Named person(s): Simus condam Lupori
  • Archival location: Archivio di stato di Lucca, Archivio dei notari 109
  • Extent: 7 Folios (paper, register - quarto)

Edited by Eric Nemarich, with contributions by Daniel Lord Smail.
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