Online Tratte of Office Holders 1282-1532

Edited by David Herlihy, R. Burr Litchfield, Anthony Molho
and Roberto Barducci.
(© Copyright R. Burr Litchfield and Anthony Molho, 2000. All rights reserved.)


Leather borse (purses) containing names in a drawing for the Priorate of Florence in 1431. The coats of arms of the quarters Santo Spirito, Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce are painted on the bags. Below are five cedole (name slips) rolled up and tied as they would have been for a drawing, and one unrolled slip bearing the name of Zanobi di Benedetto di Caroccio Strozzi. He was too young to hold office in 1431 (only 19) and he was later actually drawn for the highest offices only once, for the Buonuomini in March of 1472, but he was not 'seated' because by then he was, unfortunately, already dead. (Archivio di Stato, Firenze.) [Click on the name slip to read the name.]

This site gives access to a database (c. 165,000 records) with information about office holders of the Florentine Republic during its 250-year history. The data base was developed initially by Professor David Herlihy at Harvard and Brown Universities, and then completed under the direction of Professors R. Burr Litchfield and Anthony Molho at Brown with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Preservation and Access, and the Brown University Center for Computing and Information Services and Scholarly Technology Group. An edition of the Tre Maggiori, Guild elections and Birth registrations is now available.