IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 803: Medieval Canon Law, III: Courts and Cases

Tuesday 8 July 2008, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Ecclesiastical History Society / Canterbury and York Society
Organiser:Peter Douglas Clarke, Department of History, University of Southampton
Moderator/Chair:Brenda M. Bolton, University of London
Paper 803-aNew Evidence Concerning the Dispute between St Augustine's Canterbury and Archbishop John Stratford
(Language: English)
Barbara Bombi, School of History, University of Kent
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History
Paper 803-bConciliar Judgement: An English Case at the Council of Constance
(Language: English)
Robert Norman Swanson, Departments of Medieval & Modern History, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History
Paper 803-cPopular Understanding of Law and Procedure: The Papal Penitentiary and Marriage
(Language: English)
Peter Douglas Clarke, Department of History, University of Southampton
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History

Abstract -a:
The paper develops on an article of W. A. Pantin concerning the letters of John Mason, precentor of St Augustine’s Canterbury, collected in a 14th-century formulary. This correspondence can now be understood in a broader context as a result of new evidence in a register of the representative of John Stratford, archbishop of Canterbury (1333-1348). The latter sheds new light on a particular court case prosecuted at the papal curia in Avignon in the first half of the 14th century.
Abstract -b:
In its usurpation of papal functions, the Council of Constance of 1414-18 also established its own legal machinery, judging cases from across Europe. A number of English cases are already known, but another has recently come to light, focussing on the schools of York, which will be the main concern of this paper.
Abstract -c:
This paper will examine new evidence from the records of the papal penitentiary. This was the highest body in the later medieval Church regarding matters of conscience. It issued various papal favours to petitioners, and many of these concerned marriage. Several examples will be examined in this paper that illuminate popular understanding of the church’s marriage laws and of its legal and administrative procedures. These examples are fruits of an ongoing research project to edit the petitions from England and Wales recorded in the registers of the papal penitentiary to 1503. This edition will be published by one of the session sponsors, the Canterbury and York Society.