Florentine Cathedral Chaplains in the Fifteenth Century

Jeff Mielke

in Living on the Edge in Leonardo's Florence

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780520241343
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520930995 | DOI:
Florentine Cathedral Chaplains in the Fifteenth Century

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This chapter focuses on a specific group within the ranks of the Florentine clergy: the body of chaplains who serviced the chapels in the cathedral and who also participated in the liturgical functions of the metropolitan church. The sources consulted for this study are the documents found in the Archivio di Stato and the notarial protocols and tax records. In the fifteenth century, the number of chaplains saw a dramatic increase. In the tax survey of the cathedral personnel in 1431, there was a total record of twenty-two chapels and twenty-seven canories. Ninety years later, an archiepiscopal visitation of the cathedral recorded a total of fifty-six chapels serviced by chaplains and supported by a group of thirty-three salaried clerics, and an additional thirty without stipends who were available to fill vacated posts. This doubling of the number of endowed chapels was a testimonial to the powerful impulse to invest in the liturgical services of the metropolitan church. Questions pertaining to who these chaplains were, what can be learned from their family backgrounds, and by what process they obtained their positions in the cathedral form the focus of this chapter.

Keywords: Florentine clergy; chaplains; cathedral; metropolitan church; liturgical services

Chapter.  5524 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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