Domesticity: Home, Housing and Household
25th Annual Medieval Studies Conference
Saturday March 12-Sunday March 13, 2005
and Domesticity: Inheritance in Late Medieval
Kate Kelsey Staples, University of Minnesota
By considering the wills enrolled at the London Court of Husting between 1300 and 1500 this paper examines the types of movable and immovable property that medieval individuals bequeathed to their daughters and sons. These wills not only reveal the gendered dimension of domesticity, but they also disclose the material culture of domesticity by detailing the goods in parents’ legacies. In talking about domesticity and inheritance, I am casting a relatively large net as I see little distinction between work and domestic areas in late medieval London.
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