IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 739: Law and Lordship in England, c. 950 - c. 1200

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Hannah Boston, Trinity College, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Paul R. Hyams, Department of History, Cornell University / Independent Scholar, Oxford
Paper 739-aThe Invention of Jurisdiction
(Language: English)
Tom Lambert, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Index terms: Administration, Law
Paper 739-bSoke and Royal Service in West Suffolk
(Language: English)
Richard Purkiss, Lincoln College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Administration, Charters and Diplomatics, Law, Social History
Paper 739-cMinor Lordship and Land Tenure in the Late 12th Century
(Language: English)
Hannah Boston, Trinity College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Genealogy and Prosopography, Law
Abstract

This session seeks to explore the relationship between lordship and the law in England between the mid-10th and early 13th centuries. Across this period, lordship could shape key aspects of society: jurisdiction and law enforcement, personal protection, land tenure, and the taking of renders and services. The king was an ever-present complicating influence as lord and overlord. These issues are discussed variously through the development of jurisdiction; the soke rights of the king; and the position of minor lords as landholders in 12th century law.