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Citizenship grant, Bologna

An inventory of the item at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 19 Sep 2019

Biographical History

Girolamo, or Gerolamo, Sauli (d. 1559) was a Roman Catholic prelate who served as Archbishop of Bari (1540-1550) and Archbishop of Genoa (1550-1559). Giulio Canano was secretary to Pope Julius III. Giovanni Battista and Ludovico Genitori are unknown; the former may be Giovanni Battista Canani (1515-1579), noted anatomist and chief physician to Pope Julius III.

Bologna was an important trading and cultural center in Italy for centuries; its university is generally considered the oldest university in continuous operation. Following a period of civil discord in the 14th century, Bologna was either directly or indirectly under the control of the Pope for more than four hundred years (circa 1330-1796).

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Citizenship grant, Bologna is a single document consisting of a large sheet of vellum, written in Latin in black and blue ink ornamented with gold leaf, and with a red wax seal affixed. The document makes "Lord Giulio [Canano], Lord Ludovico [Genitori] and Lord Giovanni Battista named above and your legitimate and natural sons and their descendants forever...citizens of the city of Bologna."

Arrangement of the Collection

Single item.


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Subject Headings


Julius III, Pope, 1487-1555.
Sauli, Girolamo, -1559.

Corporate Bodies

Catholic Church. -- Archdiocese of Genoa (Italy)


Honorary citizenship -- Italy.


Bologna (Italy)

Genres and Forms

Legal documents.
Seals (marks)
Vellum (parchment)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Citizenship grant, Bologna,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Clare Button, 1979.

Table of Contents

Legal documents