IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 607: Property and Law in Medieval England

Tuesday 14 July 2009, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:David Carpenter, Department of History, King's College London
Moderator/Chair:David Carpenter, Department of History, King's College London
Paper 607-aThe Formation of the Anglo-Norman Property World: Landed Society and the Honour of Wallingford
(Language: English)
Christopher David Tilley, Department of History, King's College London
Index terms: Law, Local History
Paper 607-bThe Heiress and the Bastard: A Husband's Abuse of his Wife's Inheritance in Early 13th-Century England
(Language: English)
Richard Cassidy, Department of History, King's College London
Index terms: Law, Local History, Women's Studies
Paper 607-c'A reasonable account of his time as a bailiff': Property, Stewardship, and Trust in the 'Action of Account' in 13th-Century England
(Language: English)
John Sabapathy, Department of History, University College London
Index terms: Administration, Law, Local History
Abstract

Landed property was central to the functioning of English medieval society and a plethora of legal rules were evolved to govern its possession, descent, and stewardship. It is the use and abuse of these rules which are explored in this session. Christopher Tilley provides an overall framework by looking, through the honour of Wallingford, at the formation of the Anglo-Norman property world. The session then explores two major and highly contentious issues in the 13th-century. Richard Cassidy considers the abuse of female inheritance rights while John Sabapathy examines the responsibilities of bailiffs and how they were enforced.