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Prospects Of Power: Inheriting Real Estate And Real Opportunity

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Houses, shops, tenements, and other types of real estate are important in understanding the shape of the world in which medieval daughters lived and worked. As with real estate, in the Husting wills we find that parents provided equally for the futures of their daughters and sons with bequests of money and annuities. In this chapter we can examine goods as part of the movable property bequeathed in the wills in even more detail than other types of movable bequests. There is a tradition of scholarship that focuses on the medieval household as a distinctly feminine space controlled by the wife. Finally, when we examine changes in bequests of movable property, it becomes clear that while the inheritances of both daughters and sons were adversely affected by natural disasters such as the plague, the equal gender distribution of this type of property remained consistent throughout the period under study.

Keywords:bequest; daughters; Husting wills; Movable Legacies; real estate

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