IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1007: Medieval Society, Landscape, and the Law: Regional Perspectives

Wednesday 3 July 2013, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:University of Chester
Organisers:Vanessa Greatorex, Department of History & Archaeology, University of Chester
Rachel Elizabeth Swallow, Department of History & Archaeology, University of Chester
Moderator/Chair:Katherine Weikert, Department of Archaeology / Department of History, University of Winchester
Paper 1007-aCommon Property Regimes in Anglo-Saxon England: A Landscape Perspective
(Language: English)
Susan Oosthuizen, Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Administration, Law, Local History, Social History
Paper 1007-bWhat Was So Special about the Earldom of Chester?: Charters, Place, and Identity in the Early 13th Century
(Language: English)
Rachel Elizabeth Swallow, Department of History & Archaeology, University of Chester
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Law, Military History, Social History
Paper 1007-cPeas and Pig Men: Using Chester's Medieval Court Records to Reconstruct the Past
(Language: English)
Vanessa Greatorex, Department of History & Archaeology, University of Chester
Index terms: Daily Life, Law, Local History, Social History
Abstract

How did the mechanisms of the law affect the English landscape – and how did the landscape affect the law? What can legal documents tell us about the behaviour, preoccupations, and moral compass of our medieval forebears? Focusing on case studies from East Anglia and the unique Earldom of Chester, this session investigates the extent to which landscape, law and society were intertwined in the early, high and late Middle Ages. It examines regional legislation and local customs, and explores how regulations and the response to civic misdemeanours evolved over time.