At the outset of this lengthy charter, we meet Sanxieta Rodelle, who comes before a judge to declare that her brother, the nobleman Jacobus Martini, recently died in the city of Salerno, naming her as his universal heir for life. After his sister's death, he indicated that half of his estate should be donated to the Hospital of Saint Esprit, and the other half to the Hospital of Saint-Jacques de Gallice. Reading on, however, we learn that Jacobus Martini failed to acknowledge his own wife, Laurencia, and in particular failed to make any provision to restore her dowry. Laurencia's father launched a lawsuit against Sanxieta in order to recover Laurencia's dowry and the charter was generated by this legal action. The inventory, compiled in February of 1378, contains a number of interesting items, including an enslaved woman named Anna. The inventory was originally transcribed by Christine Barnel with corrections and additions by D. Smail. Bibliography: Ripert, Laurent, Christine Barnel, Henri Bresc, Pascal Herberth, and Florence Colin, eds. Matériaux pour l’étude de la vie domestique et de la culture matérielle en Provence aux derniers siècles du Moyen Age. Razo (Nice). Cahiers du centre d’études médiévales de Nice 13. Pp. 77-79. Nice, France: Université de Nice, 1993.

  • Record type: Inventory-Generic
  • Date: 5 February, 1377
  • Locale: Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France
  • Language(s): Latin
  • Named person(s): Jacobus Martini
  • Archival location: Archives départementales des Bouches-du-Rhône, Charter 1 HD B 56
  • Extent: 1 Folio (parchment, charter)

Edited by Christine Barnel and Daniel Lord Smail.
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