IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 215: Law and Justice in the City, I: Women and the Law in Late Medieval Cities - SESSION WITHDRAWN

Monday 9 July 2007, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Department of History, University of California, Davis
Organiser:Shennan Hutton, Department of History, University of California, Davis
Moderator/Chair:Jan Dumolyn, Henri Pirenne Institute for Medieval Studies / Vakgroep Middeleeuwse Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent

Medieval law privileged men over women, but in urban court records and other sources of actual practice women often appeared frequently before the aldermen or magistrates, in civil cases, inheritance disputes, and property transactions, and in criminal cases, as perpetrators, victims, and witnesses. Were women really disadvantaged in urban courts? How did urban magistrates deal with women from different social strata, such as prostitutes, market women, wealthy burghers’ wives and noblewomen? These three papers examine the position of women in urban courts in three cities, Ghent, Paris, and Toulouse, in the 13th and 14th centuries.