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Gemma T Colesanti (2000)

Las esclavas y los esclavos en los libros de cuentas de Catalina Llull

In: De l’esclavitud a la llibertat. Esclaus i lliberts a l’edat mitjana. Actes del Col·loqui Internacional celebrat a Barcelona, del 27 al 29 de maig de 1999, ed. by Maria Teresa Ferrer i Mallol and Josefina Mutgé i Vives, pp. 547-556, Consell Superior d'Investigacions Científiques, Institució Milà i Fontanals, Departament d'Estudis Medievals, Barcelona. Anuario de Estudios Medievales, Anejo 38.

<p>The author finds numerous references to slaves in the account books of Catalina Llull, the second wife and widow of Joan Sabastida, a Catalan nobleman in Sicily. The books are written in Catalan, with some local Sicilian element, as Sabastida had long lived on the island to serve the interests of the Crown of Castile. The account books contain all sorts of expenses. Next to jewellery, clothing, food, oil, and cloth, some entries relate to slaves. Besides recording costs related to escapes and recaptures (clothes, chains), these books show that Catalina participated in rather profitable slave transactions. They also highlight the economic relations between Sicily and Calabria as well as the Balearics. Slaves were acquired in Palermo but also in other places on the island. Within the limits of the type of source (expenses for the acquisition of slaves and for what they needed), the findings confirm the conclusions drawn by Verlinden and Bresc, viz. that in the late 15th century the majority of slaves in Sicily were men and black, of northern African or Turkish origin. Palermo and Syracuse were the basis for a &ldquo;trade of moor slaves on international level, controlled above all by the members of the Catalan colony&rdquo; (p. 555).</p>

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