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IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 107: Subtle Meanings or Empty Gestures: A Problem of Medieval Manumissions

Monday 10 July 2006, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Hilton Shepherd Postgraduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Birmingham
Organiser:Aysu Dinçer, Independent Scholar, Birmingham
Moderator/Chair:Simon Stuart Yarrow, Department of Medieval History, University of Birmingham
Paper 107-aManumission Formulae in Post-Conquest Exeter
(Language: English)
Duncan Probert, Hilton Shepherd Postgraduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Genealogy and Prosopography, Local History
Paper 107-bManumissions in Late Medieval Cyprus
(Language: English)
Aysu Dinçer, Independent Scholar, Birmingham
Index terms: Crusades, Economics - General, Law
Paper 107-cSlavery and Freedom in Árpád-Era Hungary
(Language: English)
Cameron Sutt, St Catharine's College, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Social History

This session will examine the extent to which the manumissions of slaves and others were of real consequence or merely of symbolic value. The main emphasis will be on considering the formulae used in manumissions, and if the variations in these formulae have legal or practical significance. In these records, various conditions might be attached to these grants of freedom, it is important that manumissions are considered not only as a class of record but also within their local context.