Death, Money and the Vultures (Routledge Revivals): Inheritance and Avarice 1660-1750, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Death, Money and the Vultures (Routledge Revivals)

Inheritance and Avarice 1660-1750, 1st Edition

By John Addy


166 pages

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By the latter half of the seventeenth century, the practice of drawing up a will had become commonplace, and people were increasingly encouraged to set down their final wishes in a ‘last will and testament’. Although intended to clarify ownership, these documents often provoked conflict amongst those who had survived the testator. As John Addy shows in this study, first published in 1992, where there was a will, there were relatives. Drawing on a large corpus of contemporary evidence, this survey analyses numerous cases of the family disputes that arose from wills, to form a picture of the attitudes and priorities possessed by those who contested them. This was one of the first studies to use contested-will material, and remains of great value to students of early modern history, sociology and genealogy, as well as general readers with an interest in local history.

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; 1. Introduction; Part I: Summoning the Vultures 2. Last Wills and Testaments 3. Probate and Administration 4. In Sickness and in Health 5. Death and Burial 6. The Social Scene; Part II: The Vultures Descend 7. Fraudulent Executors 8. False Inventories 9. Debts and Debtors 10. Legacies and Bequests 11. The Child’s Portion 12. Tutors and Guardians 13. Non Compos Mentis 14. Nuncupative Wills 15. Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HISTORY / Social History