The Convents of Palermo in the Middle of the Fifteenth Century

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Abstract

The article investigates the finances of eight convents of Palermo in the middle of the fifteenth century, based on archival work conducted on unpublished documents. In 1443 Pope Eugenius IV levied a tax of 20,000 florins on tha Sicilian Church without exempting the convents, which prompted treir procutator to appeal. By comparing the tithes of these eight convents we find out that the richest of them was Santa Caterina of the Dominican Order, whose prioress, Maria Alaymo, had been dismissed in 1440. In 1456 the economic situation of Palermo had changed, but Santa Caterina remained the most important convent of Palermo.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-152
Number of pages20
JournalTHE JOURNAL OF MEDIEVAL MONASTIC STUDIES
Volume4
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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