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    The late-medieval Royal chancery of the Kingdom of Sicily and the inquisitio of Giovan Luca Barberi (14th-16th century)

    Silvestri, Alessandro (2017) The late-medieval Royal chancery of the Kingdom of Sicily and the inquisitio of Giovan Luca Barberi (14th-16th century). Reti Medievali Rivista 17 (2), ISSN 1593-2214.

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    At the beginning of the sixteenth century, Giovan Luca Barberi, Magister notarius of the Sicilian Royal chancery, led an intense and long-lasting inqui sitio on the royal patrimony of the island and on the possessions of local lords on behalf of King Ferdinand II of Aragon. This well-known inquiry arouse the interest of a number of scholars, who have especially stressed the aspects connected to its importance in the history of law, as well as its political consequences. However, by analysing Barberi's work (a system of books known as capibrevi) through an administrative perspective, it can now be understood as the result of an "archival enterprise" and, at the same time, strictly connected to the role of Magister notarius that Barberi had in the Sicilian chancery. On the one hand, this study describes the fourteenth-and fifteenth-century dynamics that influenced the functioning of the Regia cancelleria and the tasks of its personnel, as well as to define the methods for producing, recording and preserving documentation. On the other hand, this study promotes a new explanation of Barberi's inquisitio, illustrating in detail how the Magister notarius worked in royal archives and how carried out his inquiry, in other words, how he retrieved, used and organised information for compiling the capibrevi.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: La Real Cancelleria siciliana nel tardo medioevo e l'inquisitio di Giovan Luca Barberi (secoli XIV-XVI)
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): 14th-16th century, Archives, Chanceries, Crown of Aragon, Italy, Kingdom of Sicily, Middle ages, Officers, Political conflict, Rule from afar
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 30 May 2017 15:50
    Last Modified: 11 Jun 2021 05:19


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