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Copy of an edict inviting foreign merchants, especially Jews, to settle in Livorno and Pisa, and defining their rights and privileges. The original edict was issued from the ducal palace in Florence, dated 10 June 1593, and consists of 44 clauses. The rights and privileges included amnesty for offenses committed previously, freedom from debts incurred elsewhere, free safe conduct in Livorno, the right to conduct business throughout Tuscany, the same rights and privileges in conducting foreign trade as others in Tuscany, protection from extraordinary levies beyond the usual taxes, exemption from the regulations on Jews living in Florence and Siena, the right of Jews to build and maintain a synagogue and cemetery, the right to observe Jewish holidays, ownership of printed books or manuscripts reviewed by the Inquisition, ownership of real property, freedom to practice for Jewish doctors, permission to employ Christian servants, the right of heads of households to bear arms, and freedom from wearing an insignia signifying Jewish identity.

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Jews -- Italy -- Livorno -- History, Jews -- Italy -- Pisa -- History, Jews, History, Livorno (Italy) -- History -- 16th century, Pisa (Italy) -- History -- 16th century, Italy -- Pisa, Italy -- Livorno, Codices, Decrees, Manuscripts Italian, Manuscripts Renaissance


European History | Jewish Studies | Renaissance Studies


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