Succession Law, Practice and Society in Europe across the Centuries

  • Maria Gigliola di Renzo Villata

Part of the Studies in the History of Law and Justice book series (SHLJ, volume 14)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Alessandra Bassani
    Pages 231-247

About this book


This book presents a broad overview of succession law, encompassing aspects of family law, testamentary law and legal history. It examines society and legal practice in Europe from the Middle Ages to the present from both a legal and a sociological perspective. The contributing authors investigate various aspects of succession law that have not yet been thoroughly examined by legal historians, and in doing so they not only add to our knowledge of past succession law but also provide a valuable key to interpreting and understanding current European succession law.

Readers can explore such issues as the importance of a father’s permission to marry in relation to disinheritance, as well as inheritance transactions and private, dynastic and cross-border successions. Further themes addressed by the expert contributors include women’s inheritance rights, the laws of succession for the prince in legal consulting, and succession in the Rota Romana’s jurisprudence.


European Succession Law Family Law Legal History Testamentary Law Inheritance in Europe Family Succession Wars Development of the Law of Succession in Medieval Europe Succession Law according to Jacques Cujas lack of father's permission to marry as cause for disinheritance Consilia and Dynastic succession in Modern Europe Women’s inheritance rights in Liberal Italy

Editors and affiliations

  • Maria Gigliola di Renzo Villata
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Private Law and Legal HistoryUniversity of MilanMilanItaly

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