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By Laurie Nussdorfer

ISBN-10: 080189204X

ISBN-13: 9780801892042

A fast-growing felony procedure and economic system in medieval and early glossy Rome observed a quick elevate within the want for written records. agents of Public belief examines the emergence of the trendy notarial career -- loose industry scribes answerable for generating unique criminal records and their copies.Notarial acts usually pass disregarded, yet they're necessary to realizing the background of writing practices and attitudes towards professional documentation. in accordance with new archival learn, agents of Public belief specializes in the govt officers, notaries, and shoppers who regulated, wrote, and acquired notarial records in Rome among the 14th and 18th centuries. Historian Laurie Nussdorfer chronicles the learning notaries and the development of public documents, explaining why notarial records exist, who made them, and the way they got here to be considered as authoritative facts. In doing so, Nussdorfer describes a career of the most important value to the folk and executive of the time, in addition to to students who flip to notarial records as valuable and irreplaceable old resources. This magisterial new paintings brings clean perception into the basic capabilities of early sleek Roman society and the improvement of the fashionable country.

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So a second reason for their cautious attitude toward written evidence was that they had read all the arguments about the authority of oral testimony versus that of documents, and they saw that no form of proof, except the transparently obvious, escaped unscathed. ’’∂∫ The public instrument had the weight of two witnesses, but a full proof required three. ∂Ω The notary’s record usually named two witnesses, but depending on the nature of the contract, more might be needed; following Roman precedent, testaments, for example, demanded a total of seven.

On the Capitoline Hill, for example, heads of guilds called consuls held courts (consolati ) to hear cases connected with their The Profession: Defining Urban Identities 37 trades. Also on the Capitol, the street masters settled conflicts over taxes for road repairs and the maestri giustizieri prosecuted those who damaged vineyards.

If the notary wrote that Titius said that the money in the purse had been counted, the notary would be o√ the hook if the amount in the purse was insu≈cient. He would be guilty of falsum, however, if he portrayed as a fact attested by his eyes and ears what 26 Brokers of Public Trust was no more than a statement by Titius. ∞≤≠ He acknowledged that the ancient penalties for falsum, deportation and confiscation of property, had given way to a system in which punishment was left up to the judge. ∞≤≤ Loss of o≈ce and legal infamy (infamis status) followed upon the main punishment, and the guilty notary would also have to pay civil damages.

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