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The House of Wierzbna of the Jastrzębiec coat of arms in medieval court registers

Subject and Keywords:

history of the state and law   genealogy   chivalry   4th and 15th centuries   town and court registers   civil law and criminal law   women   widows   dowry   bridewealth   weregild   estates   monetary system   punishments


Tyt. zeszytu: Studia historycznoprawne  

Streszcz. art. w jęz. ang. i niem.


The author presents the chivalric family of Wierzbna of the Jastrzębiec coat of arms, drawing on the surviving medieval court registers. The available court registers from the 14th and 15th centuries make it possible to imagine the functioning of medieval chivalry in legal terms. The picture presented by the author fully corresponds generalisations, to the available information about other chivalric families, an assertion backed by over 700 pages of the author’s analyses of similar cases in courts of the provinces of Małopolska, Wielkopolska or Kujawy and Łęczyca. The court registers from Małopolska include a variety of judgements in property, personal or criminal matters. We find here disputes over estate division, debt settlement, seeking justice after assaults, scuffles or murders. There are many cases concerning debt, some involving Jewish bankers, problems with guarantees etc. The cases involve entire families, sons sue their fathers and there are also cases involving women, who became legitimate parties in legal relations and who pursued their claims to e.g. dowry and bridewealth. This affected particularly Tomek of Karwin, who had six daughters of marriageable age and no male heir, as a result of which his estates passed to the House of Masłowski of the Wieniawa coat of arms

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Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego

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ISSN 0524-4544




PAd P 101182 II


pol   ger   eng


Acta Universitatis Wratislaviensis. Prawo, ISSN 0524-4544. Nr 324 (2017), s. 89-113

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Czasopisma Naukowe w Sieci (CNS)

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