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.
Mia Korpiola, LL.D. (2004), University of Helsinki, is Professor of Legal History at the University of Turku. She had authored and edited several books, including
Regional Variations in Matrimonial Law and Custom in Europe, 1150-1600 (Brill, 2011).
Anu Lahtinen, Ph.D. (2007), University of Turku, is Professor of Finnish and Nordic History at the University of Helsinki. She has published on medieval and early modern history, including
Dying Prepared in Medieval and Early Modern Northern Europe (Brill, 2017).
Table of contents
List of Illustrations and FiguresList of Contributors 1
IntroductionMia Korpiola and Anu Lahtinen
Part 1: Range of Legal Options and Their Use
Inheritance Law, Wills, and Strategies of Heirship in Medieval SwedenMia Korpiola and Elsa Trolle Önnerfors 3
Monastic Donations by Widows: Morning Gifts as Assets in Planning for Old Age and Death in Fifteenth-Century SwedenTuula Rantala 4
Competing Interests in Death-Related Stipulations in South Tirol, c. 1350–1600Christian Hagen, Margareth Lanzinger, and Janine Maegraith
Part 2: Wills, Property Strategies, and Testamentary Practice
Medieval English Lawyers’ Wills and Property StrategiesAnthony Musson 6
Men and Women Preparing for Death in Renaissance Venice (c. 1200–1600)Federica Masè 7
Mutual Testaments in Late Medieval Stockholm, c. 1420–1520Marko Lamberg
Part 3: Wills, Property, and Authority
Wills as Tools of Power: Development of Testamentary Practice in Krakow during the Late Middle AgesJakub Wysmułek 9
Deathbed Strife and the Law of Wills in Medieval and Early Modern EnglandR.H. Helmholz 10
The Will of Filippa Fleming (1578), Family Relations, and Swedish Inheritance LawAnu LahtinenIndex of PersonsGeneral Index
All interested in the legal, social and economic history of family and property rights in the Middle Ages and early modern period.