IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 828: 'Ubi Commune Periculum, Commune Auxilium': The Medieval Legacy in the English Early Modern Public Sphere(s)

Tuesday 2 July 2013, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Valentina Caldari, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (MEMS), University of Kent / Faculdade de Letras, Universidade do Porto
Moderator/Chair:Paul R. Cavill, School of History, University of Leeds
Paper 828-aImagining the Community: People and Politics in Late Medieval England
(Language: English)
David Grummitt, School of History, University of Kent
Index terms: Mentalities, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy, Printing History
Paper 828-bPublic Spheres and the Rebellions of 1549: Tudor Society in Flux
(Language: English)
Stuart Palmer, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (MEMS), University of Kent
Index terms: Mentalities, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy, Printing History
Paper 828-c'Words are feminine, and deedes are masculine': The Medieval Legacy in the Early Stuart Public Sphere
(Language: English)
Valentina Caldari, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (MEMS), University of Kent / Faculdade de Letras, Universidade do Porto
Index terms: Mentalities, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy, Printing History
Abstract

Over the past decade or so scholars of pre-modern England have become increasingly aware of the political and cultural significance of the ‘public sphere’ – the space, both real and imagined, where politics were discussed by people traditionally thought of as disenfranchised. From the 13th century more and more of the king’s subjects were incorporated into the political nation by fighting in the king’s wars, paying his taxes and seeking his justice. These three papers will look at how the idea of the public developed from the early 15th to the early 17th centuries and how medieval ideas of political legitimacy were challenged in the early modern period.