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Planning for Death: Wills and Death-Related Property Arrangements in Europe, 1200-1600

Edited by: Mia Korpiola, Anu Lahtinen

ISBN13: 9789004364325
Published: May 2018
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Hardback
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The volume Planning for Death: Wills and Death-Related Property Arrangements in Europe, 1200-1600 analyses death-related property transfers in several European regions (England, Poland, Italy, South Tirol, and Sweden). Laws and customary practice provided a legal framework for all post-mortem property devolution. However, personal preference and varied succession strategies meant that individuals could plan for death by various legal means. These individual legal acts could include matrimonial property arrangements (marriage contracts, morning gifts) and legal means of altering heirship by subtracting or adding heirs. Wills and testamentary practice are given special attention, while the volume also discusses the timing of the legal acts, suggesting that while some people made careful and timely arrangements, others only reacted to sudden events.

Contributors are Christian Hagen, R.H. Helmholz, Mia Korpiola, Anu Lahtinen, Marko Lamberg, Margareth Lanzinger, Janine Maegraith, Federica Masè, Anthony Musson, Tuula Rantala, Elsa Trolle Önnerfors, and Jakub Wysmułek.

Legal History, Wills and Probate
List of Illustrations and Figures List of Contributors 1 Introduction
Mia Korpiola and Anu Lahtinen
Part 1: Range of Legal Options and Their Use
2. Inheritance Law, Wills, and Strategies of Heirship in Medieval Sweden
Mia Korpiola and Elsa Trolle Önnerfors
3. Monastic Donations by Widows: Morning Gifts as Assets in Planning for Old Age and Death in Fifteenth-Century Sweden
Tuula Rantala
4. Competing Interests in Death-Related Stipulations in South Tirol, c.
Christian Hagen, Margareth Lanzinger, and Janine Maegraith
Part 2: Wills, Property Strategies, and Testamentary Practice
5. Medieval English Lawyers’ Wills and Property Strategies
Anthony Musson
6. Men and Women Preparing for Death in Renaissance Venice (c.
Federica Masè
7. Mutual Testaments in Late Medieval Stockholm, c.
Marko Lamberg
Part 3: Wills, Property, and Authority
8. Wills as Tools of Power: Development of Testamentary Practice in Krakow during the Late Middle Ages 
Jakub Wysmułek
9. Deathbed Strife and the Law of Wills in Medieval and Early Modern England
R.H. Helmholz
10. The Will of Filippa Fleming (1578), Family Relations, and Swedish Inheritance Law
Anu Lahtinen
Index of Persons
General Index