25 May 2016
CARTA DE FORAL OF SÃO MARTINHO, issued by Manuel I of Portugal (1469-1521), in Portuguese, decorated manuscript on vellum, Lisbon, 2 June 1515.
A smart foral document in its original binding for São Martinho and further territories in northern Portugal.
(1) The manuscript is localised and dated Lisbon, 2 June 1515. (2) A 19th-century Portuguese inscription on a flyleaf offers notes on the manuscript and its preservation. (3) MAURICE BURRUS, no 833.
One of the 596 charters granted as part of King Manuel I’s overarching administrative reforms following the Christian Reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula. Spanning from 1495 to 1520, these saw the formal establishment of the municipalities of Portugal, with the constituent towns and parishes coming directly under the control of the Crown rather than the feudal lords, and their existence, duties and privileges – commercial or otherwise – confirmed by the monarch. The present manuscript lists these for São Martinho and further territories.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION AND CONDITION:
270 x 210mm. ii + 76 + ii, apparently COMPLETE. 25 lines, ruled space: 185 x 120mm. 16th-18th century marginal annotations and manicules. DECORATED TITLE-PAGE (f.5) with the royal arms flanked by two armillary spheres, red and blue initial letters throughout (rubbing and fading to the title-page, some marginal staining). Original stamped calf over boards, metal ornaments, clasps (upper board a little loose at spine).
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