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IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 1310: The Medieval European Will, III: Testamentary Practice and the Definition of the Will

Wednesday 12 July 2006, 16.30-18.00

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:Steven Epstein, Department of History, University of Kansas
Paper 1310-aWills on the Stones: The Epigraphic Inscriptions of Vienne and Toulouse (12th-13th Centuries)
(Language: English)
Eliana Magnani Soares-Christen, Centre d'Études Médiévales, Auxerre / Archéologie-Terre-Histoire-Sociétés (ARTeHIS - UMR 5594), Université de Bourgogne
Index terms: Epigraphy, Social History
Paper 1310-bSexual Equality in Testamentary Practices?: Evidence for the Conflicting Influences of Customary Law and Roman Law in Late Medieval Montpellier
(Language: English)
Debra Ann Salata, Visiting Scholar, University of Minnesota
Index terms: Gender Studies, Law
Paper 1310-cEuropean Wills in Historical Perspective
(Language: English)
Linda Guzzetti, Zentraleinrichtung Moderne Sprachen, Technische Universität Berlin
Index terms: Historiography - Modern Scholarship, 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.