IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 1317: Abbots, Jews, and Other Christians Go to Court: Emotion, Drama, and Politics of Trials

Wednesday 12 July 2006, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Texas Medieval Association
Organiser:Sally N. Vaughn, Department of History, University of Houston, Texas
Moderator/Chair:Patricia Torpis, University of St Thomas, Texas
Paper 1317-aPreserving its Patrimony: The Cases at Court of St Etienne, Caen
(Language: English)
Priscilla D. Watkins, Houston Community College, Texas
Index terms: Law, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1317-bDrama in the Courtroom: The Abbey of Bec at Court
(Language: English)
Sally N. Vaughn, Department of History, University of Houston, Texas
Index terms: Law, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1317-cJews and Christians in the 13th-Century English Courtroom
(Language: English)
Frances Howard Mitilineos, Department of History, Loyola University Chicago
Index terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Law, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

This session will document the uses of law by the successive abbots of Bec and Caen as they fought in the courts to preserve their lands, privileges and customary rights, whether income producing of independence preserving. Often these cases were described in a setting of high drama and fervant emotion. The customs of these abbatial court trials later migrated to Canterbury with Lanfranc and Anselm. English court drama in the 13th century involving Jews & Christians presents a later courtroom development.