Romance Vernacular Wills

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Romance Vernacular Wills

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Wills written in vernacular Romance languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, Venetian, French, and others.

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Antonia Martínez, widow of Gonçalo Bras: Santiago de Compostela, 1566
New Christian (conversa) testator. Although she testated in Galicia, Spain, she owned one of the houses in the old Jewish quarter of Porto, Portugal, that later remained in the hands of New Christians families. It is the set of 30 houses surrounding…

Marta Fernandes: Porto, 1575
New Christian (conversa) testator. She owned one of the houses in the old Jewish quarter of Porto (Portugal) that later remained in the hands of New Christians families. It is the set of 30 houses surrounding the synagogue that are expressly…

Bárbara de França, widow of Lopo de Almeida: Barcelos, 1596
New Christian (conversa) testator. Although she testated in Barcelos, Portugal, she owned one of the houses in the old Jewish quarter of Porto, Portugal, that later remained in the hands of New Christians families. It is the set of 30 houses…

Martha Dinis, widow of Enrique Pereira: Pontevedra, 1603.
In 1582, in Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain, Martha Dinis married the licenciado and merchant Enrique Pereira. She was the daughter of the licenciado Paulo Núñez de Vitoria and his wife Isabel Thomas. All of these people were new Christians, natives of…

Elena de Saa, wife of Jorge Blandón: Pontevedra, 1607
This is a fragment of the will of Elena de Saa, a native of Barcelos (kingdom of Portugal). She had married her relative, the merchant Jorge Blandón, in 1590. They were both New Christians, descendants of the Jews converted in Barcelos during the…

Antonia Saraiva, wife of Antonio Dinis: Pontevedra, 1608
This is the codicil to the will of Antonia Saraiva. Around 1560, Antonia Saraiva married her relative, the doctor Antonio Dinis, both New Christians born in Barcelos (kingdom of Portugal) and living in Pontevedra (Galicia). She was the daughter of…

Isabel Lopez, widow of Enrique Mendez: Pontevedra, 1608
Isabel López was a native of Padrendo on the border between Galicia and Portugal. Around 1585, she married Enrique Méndez, a university graduate and lawyer who was a native of Monção, Kingdom of Portugal. Both were New Christians and both were…

Francisca Coronel, wife of Juan Dinis: Pontevedra, 1608
Francisca Coronel, wife of Juan Dinis, was the daughter of Hector Coronel and Beatriz Alvarez, New Christians and residents of Salvatierra (Galicia). Francisca's mother Beatriz Alvarez, already a widow , was condemned as a Judaizer by the Santiago de…

Duenya came from a well-known Navarrese Jewish family. She and her husband had three sons, and lived in Pamplona. She lived there until, widowed, she moved to Zaragoza to live with one of her sons. Two of the three sons converted to Christianity, but…

Reyna was married to the physician Juce Abenardut, and had three daughters with him. The Abenardut family was a famous medical family in Aragon. Juce had predeceased Reyna, and had named her his universal heir in his (undated) will. In her own will,…

Jamila and her late husband had four sons. Three of them remained Jewish (Juce, Acach, and Azmel), while one (Solomon-cum-Salvador) chose baptism and became Christian. In her will, Jamila left all four sons the amount stipulated for all legitimate…

Jamila had married the cobbler Jento Arrueti, and together they had two daughters. One, Orosol, remained Jewish. One, Violante, abandoned her husband and was baptized Christian. Her three children (Jamila's grandchildren) did not become Christian.…

Tolosana was a member of the de la Caballeria family, a wealthy and prestigious Zaragozan family, and married a relative named Benvenist, who was a financier to two Aragonese kings. Together they had seven children (two boys, five girls). Five of…

Living life in Zaragoza, Fermosa and her husband had two children, a daughter named Astruga who predeceased her, and a son named Acach who converted to Christianity and became known as Juan de Embun. Astruga left a daughter, Merian. Merian would be…
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