I'm writing a book which I would like to set in Tudor England, more specifically during Mary's or Elizabeth's reign. One of the key parts of the plot, however, hinges on inheritance laws during that time. If a prosperous merchant were to be widowed and left with a daughter, and then remarried, would the daughter inherit or would the new wife inherit, providing he had no living male relatives? In the event he did not leave a will.
And if he had left a will, indicating the daughter was to inherit, could the wife legally contest this?