Senna, daughter of the late Abramo, widow of Elia: Florence, 1440

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Senna, daughter of the late Abramo, widow of Elia: Florence, 1440


Senna, daughter of the late Abramo di maestro Emanuele, widow of maestro Elia.


Senna's will exists in two copies from the same notary, and is the oldest known surviving Jewish woman's will from fifteenth-century Florence.

Senna, a widow, belonged to a family identified as "da Perugia." At the time of her testating, she lived in Florence. Senna did not seem to have children, or at least, no offspring are mentioned in the will, suggesting that any children that may have been born were no longer alive.

Senna names three males as her universal heirs: Jacob son of the late Salomone di Matassia da Perugia (a well-known Florentine Jewish moneylender), his brother David, and their nephew Isaac, son of Samuel. The men are likely Senna's relatives, but certainly identified as "da Perugia."

Senna leaves 25 gold florins to the poor, and assigns the task of distribution to Jacob.

As was then a strong custom for all residents in Florence, she left in her will a pound for the new church of San Reparata, and another pound for the construction of the city walls.

She gave 2 gold florins to a woman living in Verona named Stellucia (called Sara), the daughter of the late Salomone di maestro Emanuele da Perugia. This seems to be her first cousin.


Florence, Italy


19 March 1440


Archivio di Stato di Firenze
ASFi, Notarile Anticosimiano, n. 104449, cc. 67r-v
ASFi, Notarile Anticosimiano, n. 10450, cc. 84r-v
See Borgolotto and Garruto, "Testamenti femminili toscani," 63