The Inventory of Infanta Beatrice's of Portugal Wedding Dowry (1522): A biography of the Documents

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In 1522, Álvaro do Tojal and Vaseon Traillan, treasurers to the Infanta Beatrice of Portugal and to the Duke Charles III of Savoy, respectively,
signed two inventories, a Portuguese and a Savoyard version, confirming the
receipt and appraisal of her wedding dowry. This chapter questions the conventional interpretation of a dowry’s inventory (the content) by reconstructing the history and biography of the documents, which were written after the marriage of Beatrice and Charles and present the same content in different ways. For this purpose, the contribution analyses issues relating to the documents’ narrative potential and agency. Further, it argues that the inventory
of Beatrice’s dowry results from the analysis and interpretation of both documents, written under the same circumstances and aiming at the same purpose, but targeted to different audiences, using a methodology that can apply in case studies with similar characteristics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122-142
Number of pages21
JournalOeZG - Österreichische Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaften / Austrian Journal of Historical Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Artistic objects
  • Cultural biography
  • Gender
  • Heritage
  • Material Culture
  • Savoy
  • Inventories


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