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Il testamento di Ercole I d’Este

Jean-Claude Maire Vigueur
Roma Tre University, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0002-2147-9095


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On the 1st of July 1504, Ercole d’Este, duke of Ferrara (1471-1505), dictated his last will. His testament (that will be published here for the first time) has two main features of interest. Apart from designating Ercole’s first son, Alfonso, as his heir, Ercole establishes here the principle of male and legitimate birth right as the only rule for future successions within the Este dynasty. He also leaves to the three unmarried sons – and only to them – an amount of resources big enough to guarantee them a decent way of life. Such resources were provvigioni (in the form of sums of money, fiscal revenues and rural properties) rich enough to let them live such as princes.
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Keywords: Middle Ages; early modern age; 15th-16th centuries; Ercole I d’Este; will; succession’s rules; second born heritage; resources allocation; rural structures; gastalderie.

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Pages: 207-223

Published by: Firenze University Press

Publication year: 2021

DOI: 10.36253/978-88-5518-423-6.12

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Maire Vigueur, J.; 2021; Il testamento di Ercole I d’Este. Firenze, Firenze University Press.


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