A notary’s job is to ensure that certain facts are never forgotten, that words and deeds maintain their effects. It’s a profession bestowed with the authority of the State; a public function in silent combat with the voracity of time.
We know that Isabel la Católica wanted three children; one to become heir to the Spanish throne, another archbishop of Toledo and the third, notary of Medina del Campo. This is what the Queen of Castille expressed on her deathbed in the presence of a notary, then named a scribe, who drew up her royal last will.
Spain. Ministry of Culture and Sports. Simancas General Archives. PTR,LEG, 30, DOC.2