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Letter from the Prince of Viane to his man of confidence in Palermo

Letter from the Prince of Viane to the Governor of Sicily, Juan de Moncayo

Letter from the Prince of Viane to his man of confidence in Palermo – Tryano Abbate la Viesca. Written in Italian, Charles instructs him to buy some special clothes made of Florentine cloth, a ‘gonella’, for Margarita Panormitana, niece of fray Luichi de Luchesi. The ‘gonella’ was commonly given to maidservants when they were expecting a child. Panormita was the name formerly given to the city we now call Palermo. The Luchesi family, even before the sixteenth century was a distinguished Sicilian family.


Letter from the Prince of Viane to the Governor of Sicily, Juan de Moncayo, written in Majorca and sent to Palermo on October 19 1459. Charles thanks him for all he has done for Margarita, who is expecting a child, and entrusts her to his care.

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