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IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 1210: The Medieval European Will, II: Wills as Sources for Social and Religious Life

Wednesday 12 July 2006, 14.15-15.45

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:Katherine J. Lewis, Department of History, University of Huddersfield
Paper 1210-aWills as Social Documents: Tracking Kinship and Network Alliances in Late Medieval Bologna
(Language: English)
Shona Kelly Wray, Department of History, University of Missouri, Kansas City
Index terms: Daily Life, Social History
Paper 1210-b'Ladies First': Pious Considerations of Women and Men in Late Medieval Hungarian Wills
(Language: English)
Judit Majorossy, Department of Medieval & Early Modern History, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
Index terms: Religious Life, Social History
Paper 1210-cSigns of Struggle?: Wills and Politics before the Norman Conquest
(Language: English)
Julia Crick, Department of History, University of Exeter
Index terms: Politics and Diplomacy, Social History

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.