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Life interest
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1. Definition

The term life interest denotes a social arrangement in certain early modern European rural societies that tied the transfer of property – primarily peasant or smallholder real estate (Land ownership) – to social security for the owner conveying it. A life-interest contract, oral or written, guaranteed these benefits, which encumbered the transferred property. The life interest usually included provision of food …

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Ehmer, Josef, “Life interest”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 01 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_017215>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801

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