IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 317: Petitions and Complaint in Later Medieval England, I

Monday 12 July 2004, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Organiser:W. Mark Ormrod, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Moderator/Chair:David Crook, The National Archives, Kew
Paper 317-aMedieval Petitions: An Introduction to the 'Ancient Petitions' Project
(Language: English)
W. Mark Ormrod, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Administration, Daily Life, Law, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 317-bWriting Wrongs: Literature and Complaint
(Language: English)
Wendy Scase, Department of English, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Daily Life, Language and Literature - Middle English, Literacy and Orality, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 317-cHidden Voices, Neglected Sources?: Ancient Petitions and the Legal Historian
(Language: English)
Anthony Musson, School of Law, University of Exeter
Index terms: Administration, Daily Life, Law, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

This, the first in a pair of sessions, will introduce the AHRB-funded project, ‘Medieval Petitions’, based at the University of York under the direction of Mark Ormrod, and explore two areas of research and research potential arising from the project. The aim is to demonstrate the potential of the class of 17,000 documents contained in the Public Record Office series SC 8 (Ancient Petitions) as a source of the politics and culture of later medieval England and, in the papers by Shelagh Sneddon and Anthony Musson, to provide two examles of the application of the project’s discoveries to historical problems surrounding petitioning and complaint.