PKY---Marriage, Inheritance, Europe

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brief note on European society and wealth

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Marriage, Inheritance, and European Customs : 

Marriage, Inheritance, and European Customs Primogeniture, Second Sons, Entail, and the Dowry

Marriage is an economic and political activity. : 

Marriage is an economic and political activity.

Marriages join families as well as individuals. : 

Marriages join families as well as individuals.

Families are concerned about economic advancement : 

Families are concerned about economic advancement

Economic advancement is often tied to political advancement. : 

Economic advancement is often tied to political advancement.

In Europe, families are patriarchal. : 

In Europe, families are patriarchal.

What makes this system work are the inheritance rules. : 

What makes this system work are the inheritance rules. in·her·i·tance noun Date: 14th century 1 a : the act of inheriting property b : the reception of genetic qualities by transmission from parent to offspring c : the acquisition of a possession, condition, or trait from past generations2 a : tradition b : a valuable possession that is a common heritage from nature

How to pass wealth : 

How to pass wealth Primogeniture Second Sons Entail Dowry

Primogeniture : 

Primogeniture PRIMOGENITURE This means that all family wealth passes to the eldest surviving son.

Second Sons : 

Second Sons a general term denoting all sons after the first son. They do not inherit anything. However, since they were the sons of wealthy aristocrats they often found “jobs” in the Church or the Military.

Entail : 

Entail All family wealth goes to the nearest male relative [if there were no sons].

Dowry : 

Dowry Property women take into the marriage. The inheritance varies from nothing to income producing land that could keep the her independently wealthy.

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1. Marriage is an economic and political institution that preserves and extends family wealth. 2. Inheritance rules are designed to minimize friction between rival siblings while insuring the family fortune remains intact. 3. European families maintained their wealth through primogeniture, second sons, entail, and the dowry. Major Points

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