Valentina Živković

Institute for Balkan Studies

Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts


Medieval Concerns for Soul Salvation

Testamentary Bequests to the Franciscan Order in Kotor (Cattaro) 1326–1337

Abstract: Analysis of the testamentary bequests that Kotor citizens made to the Franciscans ad pias causas between 1326 and 1337 shows that the most common type was that of pecuniary bequests for saying masses pro remedio animae. The Franciscan played a prominent role in the shaping of devotional practices of the faithful and acted as their closest helpers through performing commemorative rites for the salvation of the soul after death.

Keywords: wills, Franciscans, Kotor (Cattaro), bequests ad pias causas