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Sally McKee (2004)

Inherited Status and Slavery in Late Medieval Italy and Venetian Crete

Past & Present, 182:31-53.

The author describes the changes in the heredity of the personal status of children born of slave women in Crete, in Venice, Florence, and Genoa: children inherited the status of their father, not that of their mother. This also results in changes concerning the acceptance of slavery.

While Roman Law on which western European medieval law is based considers that children inherit the status of their mother, the evidence shows that in the late Middle ages the children of slave mothers and free fathers are often automatically considered free.

In a time where freedom was continually menaced, theoretical consideration of the moral problem of slavery is less important than maintaining the personal freedom, which results in a larger accessibility to free status.

Venice Crete Florence Genoa Italy children 14th century
by Christine Breckler last modified 2007-03-23 17:05

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