IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1330: Communicating Legal Narratives between Court and Society

Wednesday 3 July 2013, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Organiser:Jamie Page, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Moderator/Chair:Ian Forrest, Oriel College, University of Oxford
Paper 1330-aThe Appropriate Chastisement of Wives: Evidence from the Court of Chancery
(Language: English)
Sarah Crawford, Department of History, University of Sydney
Index terms: Daily Life, Gender Studies, Law, Social History
Paper 1330-bLate Medieval Law Courts and Public Communication: A Comparative View
(Language: English)
Frans Camphuijsen, Institute of Culture & History (ICG), Universiteit van Amsterdam
Index terms: Law, Literacy and Orality, Rhetoric, Social History
Paper 1330-cBetween the Streets and the Courtroom in Late Medieval Zurich
(Language: English)
Jamie Page, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Gender Studies, Law, Literacy and Orality, Social History
Abstract

This session is concerned with the means by which courts communicated legal narratives to wider society in the later Middle Ages, as well as how the process took place in reverse. Focussing upon various jurisdictions from different regions of Europe, the papers examine the relationship between public and private spaces in domestic life, in the streets, and in the political and judicial spheres in order to study processes of communication between each. The importance of particular judicial contexts as well as the role of individuals as legal actors inside and outside the courtroom are considered, as well as the different impact of written and oral forms of communication.