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A title given to the principal clerk of a court.

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PROTHONOTARY. The title given to an officer who officiates as principal clerk of some courts. Vin Ab. h.t.
     2. In the ecclesiastical law, the name of prothonotary is given to an officer of the court of Rome, he is so called because he is the first notary; the Greek word prootos signifying primus or first. These notaries have preeminence over the other notaries, and, are put in the rank of prelates. There are twelve of them. Dict. de Jur. h.t.

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This is an essentially commercial transaction--Boniface promises her "a good return that they will give him for his benefice" (29)--but it also carries the corrupt suggestion that Constante, who immediately invites the Protonotary to an assignation, is purchasing sex.
When Constante, waiting for the Protonotary, sighs "Has love lost the purity of its alloy [or 'law']?
92), the natural son of Cosimo il Vecchio, had achieved only the ranks of protonotary, canon of the cathedral of Florence, and provost of Prato, but not that of bishop or cardinal.
105) The attendant to Sauli's right is identified as his younger brother, the apostolic protonotary and friend of leading humanists and reform figures, Stefano, who was personally much devoted to church reform and probably commissioned the painting to testify to his belief that his older brother was the Angelic Pastor.
Although in holy orders as a cleric, he boasted a conspicuous house in the latest style, profited from contacts in high places, and collected multiple income-rich preferments -- papal familiar, apostolic scriptor, count palatine, protonotary and chaplain in the chapel of Innocent VIII at St.
22) Apostolic Protonotary Teodoro da Montefeltro describes the event in some detail for the benefit of Barbara of Brandenburg, Marchioness of Mantua.
Giovanni Borgia, an Apostolic Protonotary, also appears as a witness in the documents.
Although the council members did not expressly rebuke the conspirators, they decided to hand the city over to the papal governor and protonotary of Cesena, Monsignor Giovanni Battista Savelli.
The use of luxurious Turkish carpets as table coverings is documented in contemporary paintings such as Lorenzo Lotto's Family Group and The Protonotary Apostolic Giovanni Giulino, both in the National Gallery in London, and his Portrait of a Married Couple in The State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg.
Goritz had arrived in Rome from his native Luxembourg sometime during the reign of Alexander VI and soon became well established in the Curia, first as a registrar of supplications and later as a papal protonotary.
To Jesus God and Son of God, to His Virgin Mother, to Anna His Maternal Grandmother, Johann Goritz, a Luxemburgher from Germany, Apostolic Protonotary, gave and dedicated this.
Gurone, abbot of Nonatola & protonotary Unknown mothers: