Sally McKee

in The Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Studies

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199252466
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History


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The State Archives of Venice (ASV) in Italy is home to the documentary remains of the Cretan chancery, transferred there after the long war between Venice and the Ottomans for possession of the island ended in 1669. The documents offer a glimpse into the history of the island of Crete, Venice's largest and longest-held territorial possession. The contents of the Cretan chancery are divided into two principal parts. The first consists of the governmental, fiscal, and judicial records, now known collectively as the Archive of the Duke of Candia, while the second pertains to notarial records, which were separated from the ADC and incorporated into a section of the ASV's Notarial Archives known as the Notai di Candia.

Keywords: Venice; Italy; Crete; Cretan chancery; Duke of Candia; Notai di Candia; notarial records; judicial records

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Subjects: Classical Studies ; Middle Eastern Languages

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