Dolce, wife of Jacob di Consiglio da Toscanella: Siena, 1462

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Dolce, wife of Jacob di Consiglio da Toscanella: Siena, 1462


Dolce, wife of Jacob di Consiglio da Toscanella, former wife of Jacob di Salomone


Dolce made her will in her home in Siena, which also functioned as the bank run by her current (second) husband, Jacob di Consiglio da Toscanella. Her husband was present at the testation, and gave his permission for her to make the will.

Dolce asked to be buried in Siena. Then she left 100 florins to pious causes.

She named her only son, Manuele (with her first husband) as her universal heir. She also left him 500 florins, the amount of money she had invested in a Florentine pawnshop. She entrusts the annuities of this invested capital to her executors. The profits accrued from the 500 florins should be used to pay for Manuel's upkeep until he turned twenty-five years old.

Should Manuel die before reaching maturity, the legacy would be divided evenly among all of her daughters. Otherwise, the daughters each received 50 florins from their mother, beyond their dowries. Dolce explicitly orders that the daughters be allowed to manage their bequests without any intervention from their husbands.

She also leaves to four of her daughters -- Anna, Rosa, Susanna, and Gentile -- what is left in her "cassa," including money, jewels, and clothing. She does not include her daughter Perla in this bequest.


Siena, Italy


26 February 1462


Archivio di Stato, Siena
ASSi, Notarile Anticosimiano, n. 453, fols. 80v-82r.
See Borgolotto and Garruto, "Testamenti femminili toscani," 66-67.