IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1121: Law, Violence, and Social Bonds, II: Legal Culture and the Written Word

Wednesday 11 July 2012, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Organiser:Robert Houghton, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Moderator/Chair:Warren Brown, Faculty of Humanities, California Institute of Technology
Paper 1121-aAlms in Anjou, 987-1151: Charters and the Development of a Legal Norm
(Language: English)
Matthew McHaffie, School of History, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Law
Paper 1121-bHagiography, 'Reform', and the Mutation Documentaire
(Language: English)
Faye Taylor, School of History, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Hagiography, Law, Monasticism
Paper 1121-cSecuring the Grant: Maintenance and Lordship in 12th- and 13th-Century Scottish Charters
(Language: English)
Linsey F. Hunter, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Law
Abstract

Law and the written word were often entwined in the Middle Ages, as in any other period. However, oral traditions and varied interpretations of written law allowed for a degree of freedom in the implementation of law beyond the word of law codes and capitularies. Legal culture and the documentation which represented it often interacted in unexpected manners. The papers in this session will investigate the changing and varied relationship between legal culture and the written word in a variety of settings and timeframes.