Convents as Litigants: Dowry and Inheritance Disputes in Early-Modern Spain

  title={Convents as Litigants: Dowry and Inheritance Disputes in Early-Modern Spain},
  author={Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt},
  journal={Journal of Social History},
  pages={645 - 664}
  • E. Lehfeldt
  • Published 1 March 2000
  • History
  • Journal of Social History
This article examines the contentious and frequently litigious relationship between convents and the families of professed nuns in early-modern Spain. From the mid-sixteenth century forward Spanish convents entered into oftentimes protracted lawsuits over disputes involving these nuns' dowry payments, yearly maintenance allowances, and inheritance rights subsequent to their profession. Because the parties to these disputes were willing to risk long-standing and mutually beneficial relationships… 
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