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Author Kuehn, Thomas, 1950- author
Title Heirs, kin, and creditors in Renaissance Florence / Thomas Kuehn
Imprint Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2008
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Descript 1 online resource (xvii, 237 pages) : digital, PDF file(s)
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Preface: The ambivalence of inheritance -- Introduction: Of inheritance and kinship -- Family and inheritance -- Florentine laws regulating inheritance and repudiation -- Repudiation and inheritance -- Profile of Florentine repudiation and inheritance -- Repudiations and household wealth -- Repudiation as an inheritance practice -- Repudiations in dispute
This study, based on Florentine repudiations of inheritance, reveals that inheritance was not simply an automatic process where the recipients were passive, if grateful. In influential European societies of the past, it was in fact a process that continued long after the deceased's death. Heirs also had options: at the least, to reject a burdensome patrimony, but also to manoeuvre property to others and to avoid (at times deceptively, if not fraudulently) the claims of others to portions of the estate. Repudiation was a vestige of Roman law that once again became a viable legal institution with the revival of Roman law in the Middle Ages. Florentines incorporated repudiation into their strategies of adjustment after death, showing that they were not merely passive recipients of what came their way. Further, these strategies fostered family goals, including continuity across the generations
TAEBDC; 2010
Link Print version: 9780521882347
Subject Inheritance and succession -- Italy -- Florence -- History
Renunciation of inheritance -- Italy -- Florence -- History
Florence (Italy) -- History -- 1421-1737
Alt Title Heirs, Kin, & Creditors in Renaissance Florence
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