Social Rank in Termini Imerese: 1542-48

Termini Photo 15

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]

Presti [Padre]

Clerico [Minor Clergy]

Mastro [Artisan, Shopkeeper, Merchant, Tradesman]

Commoner

Serf

lu Gizzu [Gypsy]

lu Scavu [Slave]

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Published on July 26, 2009 at 3:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

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