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Wills from Late Medieval Venetian Crete, 1312–1420

Sally McKee, editor

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“Sally McKee has produced a very fine piece of work in her edition of wills from Late Medieval Candia, the capital of Crete from 1211 to 1669. The sheer amount of wills, 790 in number (431 made by women and 359 by men), the obvious proficiency and ability of the author to make sense out of these—often difficult—documents, provide rich raw material for the researcher who is interested in Venice and its colonies in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. The exploration of the prosopographical, social, economic, cultural, religious, statistical, and other data contained in these wills, opens new horizons for research that will undoubtedly enrich our knowledge of life in Venetian Crete. The wills allow us a glimpse into diverse groups of people whose social grounding is much wider than we have ever before been able to see in publications of Venetian archives pertaining to Crete.” The Medieval Review

 

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