Manuscript/Archive , Print in Italian

Ferrara Ghetto manuscripts

  • Production: 1624-approximately 1750.
  • 1 volume (9 items)
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    • Bound with several other printed titles.
Also known as
  • Capitoli del ghetto di Ferrara, Cento, e Lugo e riduzione deli affili et altre &c
  • Manuscripts (document genre)
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • An important collection of nine manuscripts ranging from 1624 to approximately 1750 dealing with the establishment of the Ghettos and the plight of Jews in the city of Ferrara and the local towns of Cento and Lugo. Manuscripts include: 1. Manuscript copy of 1691 decree of 28 July. Three folio leaves. Manuscript on first page, others blank. 2. Legal manuscript written in a beautiful contemporary cursive hand on 24 pages (sewn in a gathering of 12 leaves) with added marginal notes in a different hand. It seems to be a legal agreement between the city authorities and the Hebrew Nation (Università degli Ebrei) in 57 numbered articles. 3. Decreto. Francesco, card. di Marcello Legato di Ferrara. 1624. By Francesco Marcello, Cardinal. Double folio (full sheet). Contemporary manuscript on first two pages, second leaf blank. "Copia" note in top corner. 4. 1653 ... Visitationis. By Alderano Cibo. One page, verso blank. 5. Attesto io qui intro: ... Dalla residanza del sag. Monte della Pieta di Feural. Quaesto di 10; ... 1744. One page document promoting the Monte Pieta (Christian Bank) while restricting Jewish moneylenders, bankers and pawnbrokers. 6. Memoria 23 Mayo l'Anno 1625. Half page manuscript document on one sheet in Italian. 7. 17th century manuscript on the church and treatment of the Jews and Popes Gregory XIII, Clement VIII, and Urban VIII. Large sheet folded once and tipped in. Lion water mark. Dated at end, 1624. 8. Sopra il ghetto da farei[?] per gli hebrei nella Citta d'Ferrara. Francesco Card. di S. Marcello, Legato d'Ferrara. Manuscript letter in Italian, dated 1624. Whole sheet folded twice with signature or address on verso. 9. Copia. Edicto. Marcello ... Legato d'Ferrara. By Francesco Marcello. Text date 1746, manuscript ca. 1750. Full sheet folded to folio with over three pages of text. Contemporary manuscript copy of an edict in Italian by the Papal legate.
Other information
  • Bound with this collection of manuscripts are seven printed works of a similar nature.
  • Eisenhower copy: Purchased with funds from the Noam M. M. Neusner Library Endowed Book Fund in Judaic Studies; FY2014.
  • Eisenhower copy: Purchased with funds from the Joel G.D. Hutzler Memorial Endowed Book Fund; FY2014.
  • Eisenhower copy: Purchased with funds from the Sharon Ashley Lewis; FY2014.
  • Eisenhower copy: Purchased with funds from the Lucius N. Littauer Judaica Foundation; FY2014.
  • Eisenhower copy: Purchased with funds provided by Friends of the Johns Hopkins Libraries; FY2015.
  • Historical information: In the 16th century under the Este family, Ferrara was a haven for religious freedom in Italy, welcoming Jews fleeing the Iberian Peninsula during the Spanish Inquisition of 1492 and from neighboring principalities that bowed to papal pressure. It was also the center for Protestant reformers in Italy and even received a visit from Calvin in 1538. A Jewish community had existed in Ferrara since medieval times. While considered part of the property of the church as a Papal State, Ferrara had from an early date been under the secular rule of the Este family. The dukes of Ferrara had long understood the importance of the Jewish community for the economic health of the region because of their business and banking skills (the few trades allowed to them). After Alfonso II, the fifth and last duke of Ferrara died without an heir, the Church refused to recognize the legitimacy of a cousin he had hoped to have inherit. Thus Ferrara and the adjacent region reverted in 1598 to direct papal rule. As a result, a constitution was issued, which stated that Jews in the city and duchy of Ferrara would be tolerated only on condition that they wore the Jew's badge, the keeping of animals and acquisition of land was prohibited and all property in the hands of Jews was to be sold. Additionally, money lending with interest was forbidden, temples and Hebrew books were regulated, and rules regarding taxes to be paid were instituted. Beginning in 1626, streets where Jews had lived for many years in Ferrara were enclosed by gates.
Identifying numbers
  • OCLC: 914357399
  • OCLC: 914357399