IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 1110: The Medieval European Will, I: Family Concerns in Medieval Wills

Wednesday 12 July 2006, 11.15-12.45

Organisers:Roisin Cossar, Department of History, University of Manitoba
Patricia E. Skinner, Centre for Antiquity & the Middle Ages, University of Southampton
Shona Kelly Wray, Department of History, University of Missouri, Kansas City
Moderator/Chair:Patricia E. Skinner, Centre for Antiquity & the Middle Ages, University of Southampton
Paper 1110-aWills and Burials: The Pastons Stand Divided
(Language: English)
Joel Rosenthal, Department of History, State University of New York, Stony Brook
Index terms: Daily Life, Social History
Paper 1110-bFamily History in Wills: Three Stories from Zadar
(Language: English)
Zrinka Nikolić Jakus, Department of History, University of Zagreb
Index terms: Daily Life, Social History
Paper 1110-cThe Wishes of Will-Makers: The Nature of Testators and their Influence in Late Medieval London
(Language: English)
Kate Staples, Department of History, University of Minnesota
Index terms: Daily Life, Social History
Abstract

These three sessions will seek to locate last wills within a broad regional and chronological context, highlighting the methodological issues in the use of testamentary evidence for medieval history. Issues to be addressed in the sessions include a working definition of ‘will’ as a type of document; the varying legal and religious conditions in which wills were made; the nature of testators; the use, value, and mobility of objects documented in testamentary bequests; and testamentary bequests vs other sources for inheritance. Comparing the use of wills as historical evidence across modern national and regional boundaries we aim to establish a set of common research questions which could be used to enable future collaborative research.