Anastasu, wife of Iaco: Crete, 1336

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Anastasu, wife of Iaco: Crete, 1336


Anastasu says that she is healthy in mind and body when she testates. She names her dear husband Iaco ("virum meum dilectum") as her executor. She leaves her son, Tobia, half of her dowry, and the other half of dowry should go to "the sons and daughters of my brother who now reside in Alexandria."

Anastasu recalls that she was named executor of her grandfather Zacha's estate.

She next leaves very large amounts of money to her son Tobia -- 1500 hyperpera. And to her daughters Pothyti, Parnatissa, and Vlimidhena, she leaves another 1500 hyperpera, to be divided equally between the three. To her other two sons, Zacha and Perna, who are still minors, she leaves 500 hyperpera a piece, when they reach their majority, 18 years old.

She spends some lines of the will organizing the estate of her grandfather, assigning a good amount of the goods and labor to Tobia and others.

The daughters Parnatissa and Vlimida (aka Vlimidhena) receive the house that had belonged to Anastasu's grandmother (named Vlimidhena), which she had given to Anastasu.

A strange line in the will -- the very last line before the boilerplate begins -- says that Anastasu's "daughter and son and my executor" should be able to compel her husband (who is, indeed, also the executor) to present and unseal all of the accounts and documents ("omnes et singulas raciones et scripturas") relating to her.

[Note: This is not a complete summary of the will.]


Candia, Crete


10 December 1336


Archivio di Stato, Venice
ASV Notai di Candia, b. 295, fol. 52v (not. Giovanni Gerardo)
McKee, Wills, no. 227




Eastern Mediterranean


Rena Lauer