The inventory of Johannes Martini was included in a lengthy criminal inquest into the murder of a merchant named Antonius Graciani. Johannes, a fisherman, was the father-in-law of the murderer, a shipwright named Jacobus Lymosini. Although witness testimony provided elsewhere in the record (not published here) demonstrates conclusively that Johannes bore no responsibility for the murder, he had failed to appear in court, despite having been summoned, and was sentenced for contumacy. Following standard procedure, the royal treasurer seized Johannes's assets to hold as collateral for any fine that might be imposed. The inventory provides key insights into the household possessions of a fisherman in late fourteenth-century Marseille. From time to time, the treasurer and the notary who were responsible for drafting the inventory were content with vague descriptions of whole assemblages, as in the kitchen, where a line item gestures to "a cauldron and other utensils." Given the context, it was probably not necessary for them to carefully detail each and every item found.

  • Record type: Inventory-Criminal Inquest
  • Date: 26 April, 1391
  • Locale: Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France
  • Language(s): Latin
  • Archival location: Archive départementales des Bouches-du-Rhône, Register 3 B 845
  • Extent: 3 Folios (paper, register - quarto)

Edited by Daniel Lord Smail.
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