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Living on the Edge in Leonardo's FlorenceSelected Essays$
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Gene Brucker

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520241343

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520241343.001.0001

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Florentine Cathedral Chaplains in the Fifteenth Century

Florentine Cathedral Chaplains in the Fifteenth Century

(p.128) Chapter Eight Florentine Cathedral Chaplains in the Fifteenth Century
Living on the Edge in Leonardo's Florence

Jeff Mielke

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on a specific group within the ranks of the Florentine clergy: the body of chaplains who serviced the chapels in the cathedral and who also participated in the liturgical functions of the metropolitan church. The sources consulted for this study are the documents found in the Archivio di Stato and the notarial protocols and tax records. In the fifteenth century, the number of chaplains saw a dramatic increase. In the tax survey of the cathedral personnel in 1431, there was a total record of twenty-two chapels and twenty-seven canories. Ninety years later, an archiepiscopal visitation of the cathedral recorded a total of fifty-six chapels serviced by chaplains and supported by a group of thirty-three salaried clerics, and an additional thirty without stipends who were available to fill vacated posts. This doubling of the number of endowed chapels was a testimonial to the powerful impulse to invest in the liturgical services of the metropolitan church. Questions pertaining to who these chaplains were, what can be learned from their family backgrounds, and by what process they obtained their positions in the cathedral form the focus of this chapter.

Keywords:   Florentine clergy, chaplains, cathedral, metropolitan church, liturgical services

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