By Shona Kelly Wray

According to testaments and notarial contracts, this exam of the Black dying of 1348 argues for social resilience in Bologna. The notarial checklist demonstrates that notaries, officers, clinical practitioners, and clergy served the population, whereas households remained intact and the population resisted flight.

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Equally, Petrus Francisci Ugonis labored on wills in February, June, July (12 wills), August, September, and October. 30 even though, the opposite notaries who redacted many wills in the course of plaguefilled July, didn't write up wills prior, and possibly frequently targeting different different types of contracts. those males are: Bencevenis de Casola who redacted 15 wills in July simply; Bertolomeus fq Vinciguere who redacted 24 wills in July and 3 in August; and his brother Jacobus fq Vinciguere who redacted one will in may perhaps, in June, 28 in July (he was once the busiest notary in this month), one in August, and one in September. If we tune the destinations of wills redacted through the main energetic notaries in the course of the epidemic, we discover that notaries tended to concentration their awareness on testators from one or neighboring parishes, and sometimes labored for testators from different parishes within the sector. 31 it really is probably the case that those parts have been their very own neighborhoods. this is validated for a couple of notaries, i. e. , those that look as testators, who will 29 Ser Franciscus could have forced his sons to assist him out throughout the worst levels of the epidemic. Paulus filius ser Francisci de Chastagnolo redacted 9 wills in July and in August, whereas Johannes filius ser Francisci redacted one each one in July and August. The sons don't look back until eventually December after they every one wrote up one will, the month that their father now not labored on wills. Ser Franciscus is one in every of merely notaries who used the identify ser. the opposite was once a testator, yet his occupation as notary isn't really yes because the abbreviation “not” follows his father’s identify may be the genitive “notarii”. 30 those examples show that a few notaries survived the epidemic, at the least via 1348. they don't seem to have taken unique precautions equivalent to assembly within the outside, because the redaction websites (discussed within the earlier bankruptcy) are overwhelmingly contained in the ailing testators’s houses. 31 Brian Carniello has validated that during order to attract up such a lot varieties of acts notaries rented stations within the heart of city, close to the palatium vetus, but in addition circulated through the city. The neighborhood-based trend of the redaction of testaments is outstanding to the notaries’s frequent move in the course of the city group. See Carniello, “The Notaries of Bologna,” pp. 181–196. public individuals in the course of the black loss of life 159 be mentioned less than, and people for whom a detailed relative is a testator. the main lively notary from our facts of 1348 was once ser Franciscus Johannis de Castagnolo whose activities have been largely in the region of Porta Piera. His notebook used to be situated on the palatium vetus within the crucial sq.. Out-of-towners might come to dictate their wills to him at his station, as did a fit guy from the village of Tizzano on thirteen August. 32 yet for a lot of his enterprise ser Franciscus went to go to consumers of their houses, and those consumers have been his associates. we will be able to deduce this from the extant testomony of 24 July of his daughter, Margarita, spouse of a farrier.

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