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Course readers

These three items provide background historical material.

Introductory

Probate records

General

Religious affiliations

Kinship networks

Statute of Wills

Probate Accounts

Probate inventories

See bibliography of Dr Fox.

Probate Inventories: useful editions

There are very many editions of probate inventories, which include:

* In the Fitch Library.

The Early Modern Land Law

I have attempted to reduce the number of works to bare essentials with the emphasis on more recent work which encapsulates earlier work. I do not include work specifically about courts/jurisdictions or personnel of the legal profession (e.g. Brooks, Prest, Ives), but I can give you pointers if you are interested. I also concentrate exclu- sively on the early modern period (e.g. excluding Man- chester's textbook on legal developments after 1750 or the seminal tome by Megarry and Wade).

Technical

Earlier developments

Uses and trusts, which are in a sense the antecedents of strict settlement, have a long history before 1580. The collusive actions involved in strict settlement (as well as the notion of entails) also had their origins in the medieval period, but I will spare you the literature.

Strict settlement: the family

Gender

Sources

Miscellaneous

Equity of redemption in mortgages is treated in the general works.

Easter Books and churchwardens' accounts