1554: Midwives in an upper-class home attending to a mother about to give birth. In the 16th century men were not permitted to witness birth of their children. During this era, a considerable number of women died in childbirth as did their babies. The death of an unbaptized infant caused no end of sadness among the parents in Termini-Imerese, because, according too the tenants of the Catholic Religion, without baptism, the child’s soul could never enter into heaven.
Barone / Conte / Gran’ Duca [Baron]
Magnifico / Signore / Monsignore [Doctor, Judge, Lawyer, Banker]
Notari [professionals who wrote contracts in Latin, including baptismal records]
Clerico [Minor Clergy]
Mastro [Artisan, Shopkeeper, Merchant, Tradesman]
lu Gizzu [Gypsy]
lu Scavu [Slave]