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IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 507: Will Power: Sex, Politics, and Salvation in the Logge Register of PCC Wills 1479-86

Tuesday 14 July 2009, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Richard III Society
Organiser:Lesley Boatwright
Moderator/Chair:Lesley Boatwright
Paper 507-aAdmission Fees at the Pearly Gates: Nice Little Earners for the Craftsman and the Chaplain
(Language: English)
Lesley Boatwright
Index terms: Daily Life, Lay Piety, Religious Life, Social History
Paper 507-bMerry Widows and Grave Choices
(Language: English)
Lynda Jane Pidgeon, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Culture, University of Southampton
Index terms: Gender Studies, Social History, Women's Studies
Paper 507-cThe Will of William, Lord Hastings, Executed 1483
(Language: English)
Wendy Moorhen, Richard III Society, Berkshire
Index terms: Lay Piety, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History

We consider what wills in the Logge Register can tell us about the lives of women, their expectations, and the control they could exercise, or expect to be subjected to. Was marriage a desirable destiny, a business choice, or a matter of survival? We look at the salvation strategy of charitable giving. To what extent was this carefully planned, and who pocketed the most? Many of the testators died between 1483 and 1485, including William, Lord Hastings (executed 1483) and William Catesby (hanged 1485). Do their wills shed any light on the short reign of Richard III?