Religious Patronage as Gendered Family Memory in Sixteenth-century England.

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      Through an analysis of a large corpus of sixteenth-century wills and testaments, this article explores Englishwomen's end-of-life religious patronage a site for the production of family identity and memory, and as a mechanism by which family and faith were woven together. It considers both the influence of the family on women's post-mortem piety, and their role as executrices for their husbands. In doing so, it argues that women were integral to producing the commemorative practices that ensured their families' immortality, and that these practices were in turn an important means by which religious practice and belief were renegotiated and refigured during the early English Reformation. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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