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IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 218: Urban Crime and its Punishment in Late Medieval Europe

Monday 10 July 2006, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:University of Cambridge
Organiser:Helen Mary Carrel, Clare College, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Jayne A. E. Rimmer, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Paper 218-aThe Ideology of Imprisonment in Late Medieval Towns in England
(Language: English)
Helen Mary Carrel, Clare College, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Law, Political Thought, Social History
Paper 218-bThe Portsoken Presentments: An Analysis of a London Ward in the 15th Century
(Language: English)
Christine Winter, Royal Holloway, University of London
Index terms: Law, Sexuality, Social History
Paper 218-cCrime and Marginality in the Port Suburbs of Bruges, c. 1400
(Language: English)
Erik Spindler, Oriel College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Daily Life, Economics - Trade, Maritime and Naval Studies, Social History

Law enforcement, and in particular the provision of justice via the urban courts, was at the heart of civic government in the late medieval period. This session explores how crime was perceived by town authorities and the methods they used to prevent, police, and punish such actions. By examining which types of behaviour were regarded as anti-social and how they were dealt with the papers will provide important insights into the political ideologies which informed the use of jurisdictional power by local urban officials.