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dc.contributor.editorRollo-Koster, Joëlle
dc.contributor.editorReyerson, Kathryn L.
dc.coverage.spatialv, 126 p.en_US
dc.identifier.citationRollo-Koster, J. and Reyerson, K. L. (eds.). (2012). "For the salvation of my soul": women and wills in medieval and early modern France. St Andrews Studies in French History and Culture, no. 5. Centre for French History and Culture of the University of St Andrews.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis volume seeks to investigate the testamentary practices of women in medieval and early modern France, examining the experience of a cross-section of the population, from artisans to the elite, in Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, Marseille, Montpellier, La Rochelle, Brittany, and Burgundy. The making of a will was perhaps the single most prominent moment in women’s lives for the assertion of agency. Though constrained to some degree by customary practice and the increasing influence of Roman law, women demonstrated remarkable initiative in the formulation of their last wishes. Wills permitted women to reward friendship and loyalty, to designate universal heirs as major beneficiaries, to stipulate conditions of inheritance so that last wishes were carried out, and, perhaps most importantly, to make pious donations to the Church for the salvation of the testators’ souls. They chose their burial sites and arranged for funeral processions, and they endowed anniversary masses for their souls in perpetuity. Individual testamentary decisions differed, as did spousal strategies, but the reinforcement of family ties, even the assertion of relationship, was possible in wills.en_US
dc.description.tableofcontentsIntroduction / Joëlle Rollo-Koster and Kathryn L. Reyerson -- Item Lego... Item Volo... Is there really an 'I' in medieval Provençales’ wills? / Joëlle Rollo-Koster -- Family emotional outlets? Women’s wills, women’s voices in medieval Marseille / Francine Michaud -- Wills of spouses in Montpellier before 1350: a case study of gender in testamentary practice / Kathryn L. Reyerson -- Scripts for funeral theater: Burgundian testaments and the performance of social identities / Kathleen Ashley -- Women and gift-giving in eighteenth-century Brittany: wills and donations / Nancy Locklin -- Writing wills and families: constructing mixed-race families in eighteenth-century France / Jennifer L. Palmer -- Bibliography
dc.publisherCentre for French History and Culture of the University of St Andrewsen_US
dc.relation.ispartofSt Andrews Studies in French History and Culture, no. 5en_US
dc.rights(c) The authors 2012. This book is in copyright. Subject to statutory exception and to the provisions of relevant collective licensing agreements, no reproduction of any part may take place without the written permission of the Centre for French History and Culture.en_US
dc.subject.lcshWomen--Legal status, laws, etc.--Franceen_US
dc.subject.lcshWomen--France--Social conditionsen_US
dc.subject.lcshWomen--France--History--Middle Ages, 500-1500en_US
dc.title"For the salvation of my soul": women and wills in medieval and early modern Franceen_US
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dc.statusPeer revieweden_US

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