Women's Voices in Tudor Wills, 1485–1603: Authority, Influence and Material Culture
Contributing an original dimension to the study of women in 16th-century England, this pioneering work examines the largest corpus of women’s private writings available: their wills. Through an intensive analysis of more than 1200 wills, women from all parts of the country and all strata of society are revealed as articulate, opportunistic, and capable individuals who, despite legal and cultural limitations, exercised authority over their own lives and influenced the lives of their heirs after their death.
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A. L. Erickson Agnes Alice Anne Apprentice Book apprentices Barbara Harris bequeathed bequests Bess of Hardwick Bristol burial Cantlowe Chidham church Countess Countess of Sussex court culture Dame Mawde daughter death debt Duchess of Northumberland Durham Early Modern England elite Elizabeth Elizabeth Cornwallis Elizabeth Dole enfeoffment English Essex Wills 107 executors female Feminine Dynamic gift gold gown Guild heirs Honor household husband Image Reference 102–3 income inheritance investment Isabel Jane Jehane Norton jewelry Joan Viscountesse Lisle Johan John Katherine land late husband’s legacy legatees levels of society Lincolnshire living London Margaret Taylor Margaret Wright Margery marriage married Mary Medieval memorial mercer merchant mistress mother painted cloths parish poor portrait PROB11/12 Image Reference Reformation religious remembrance ring S. E. James servants silver sixteenth century Smythe social soul Southampton Probate Inventories Stratford-Upon-Avon Swaledale Thomas Tudor widow wife will-maker will-maker’s William Wodington woman Women and Property