IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1034: Textual Memories: Exploring Identity in Late Medieval Wills

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Hannah Ward, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Moderator/Chair:Marianne Wilson, Department of Collections Expertise & Engagement, The National Archives, Kew
Paper 1034-aBristolian Burgesses: Urban Piety in 15th-Century Testamentary Evidence
(Language: English)
Esther Lewis, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Lay Piety, Religious Life, Social History
Paper 1034-bGowns, Rings, and Other Shiny Things: Personal Possessions in Late Medieval London Wills
(Language: English)
Hannah Ward, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Daily Life, Genealogy and Prosopography, Social History
Paper 1034-cStrategies of Memory and Identity in Late Medieval Women's Wills
(Language: English)
Alex Marchbank, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Gender Studies, Social History, Women's Studies
Abstract

Testamentary records provide unique insights into individual priorities, private lives, and identities. Indeed such documents can function as ‘textual memories’ and often include intimate information about the individual testators and their personal relationships discernible nowhere else. This session focuses upon late medieval English wills from the Prerogative Court of Canterbury and local ecclesiastical courts and will explore a range of themes, including gender, urban identity, religious belief, and social status. Each of the papers in this session considers a different geographical area within the province of Canterbury, uncovering regional similarities and differences within the testamentary records of this period.