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Det öppna fönstret: arv och egendom i bostadsbristens Stockholm 1479-1530
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
2019 (Swedish)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The Open Window: Inheritance and Property in Stockholm, 1479–1530

This book investigates how women and men handled property in the town of Stockholm during the period 1479–1530. Property relationships between spouses, between kin and non-kin, and between the individual and religious houses in town are studied. Emphasise is placed on to what extent wives in Stockholm managed or actively disposed of the property held in marriage. The results confers to the author’s earlier findings on property relationships for nobles and freeholders, following the Swedish Land Law.

Important findings are that the spouses owned the household’s property jointly, even lineal property brought to the marriage, although Swedish Town Law stipulated to keep them apart in the marriage, as was the case in the countryside. Other results that contradicted the Town law was the mandatory consent that the husband had to obtain from his wife when wanting to dispose of any of the household’s immovable property. The abolished right for relatives living outside Stockholm to claim birthright to real estate in town; the precedence the spouses’ household took over their respective relatives’ claims on lineal property.

Despite the wife’s equal share to the household’s real property her possibilities to handle real estate within the marriage was limited. Her rights to manage movable property was on the other hand equal to her husband. In the absence of direct descendants, the tendency was to strengthen the surviving spouse’s claim at the expense of the deceased’s relatives. The city had an elaborate system for establishing guardianship for orphaned children of city burghers; the city also was administratively prepared when dealing with remarriages, which was not as common in the countryside.

All these alterations of former practice and deviations from law regulations are interpreted by the author as promoting the circulation of wealth between burghers, excluding others, and thus promoting business in Stockholm.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Jure, 2019. , p. 321
Series
Rättshistoriskt bibliotek, ISSN 0534-2716 ; 75
Keywords [en]
partnership, Swedish Town Law, lineal property, separate property, joint property, pre-emptive rights, direct heirs, surviving spouse
National Category
History
Research subject
History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-178977ISBN: 978-91-86645-13-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-178977DiVA, id: diva2:1392804
Projects
Real property and movable goods in late medieval Sweden
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 421-2013-1075Available from: 2020-02-10 Created: 2020-02-10 Last updated: 2020-02-17Bibliographically approved

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