Letter from two slaves in Tunis to PF, [1659]

Title

Letter from two slaves in Tunis to PF, [1659]

Subject

Tunis
Slaves (Christian & Muslim)
Conversion
Malta

Description

Letter from two slaves in Tunis, Pauolo Cortarzo and Gio' Tomaso Cocchi (both from Rome), which states that some Turks (who are slaves in the domain of the pope in Malta) have written to Tunis that they have been forced to covert to Christianity. Now the authorities in Tunis threaten to treat the Christian slaves similarly, by forcing them to convert to Islam, which would cause a great loss of souls. They therefore ask for a remedy. The notes on the back of the document mention that the vicar apostolic [Jean Le Vacher] writes that the accusations are based on the actions of the Inquisitor of Malta, who organizes Christian sermons among the Muslims every Sunday, and sends them only Christian assistance in case of illness. The letter was discussed by PF on 25 September 1659.
Date discussed 1559-09-25
Additional comments

Creator

Paolo Cortarzo
Giovanni Tomaso Cocchi

Source

APF SOCG 254, 8r, 11v

Date

[1659]

Contributor

Addressed to PF

Relation

See for the minutes of the meeting during which this letter was discussed: APF ACTA 28, 166r, 167r-v, (database item 483).

Language

Italian

Type

Letter

Identifier

379

Coverage

Origin: Tunis
Destination: Rome

Citation

Paolo Cortarzo and Giovanni Tomaso Cocchi, “Letter from two slaves in Tunis to PF, [1659],” Early Modern Documents: Sources and Resources for Historical Research, accessed August 4, 2020, https://earlymoderndocs.omeka.net/items/show/13498.

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