IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 744: Law and Literature: The Truth in the Medieval Trials in Old French Epics and Romance

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Conseil Régional de la Région Centre Programme 'JUSLITTERA'
Organiser:Philippe Haugeard, Laboratoire Pouvoirs-Lettres-Normes, Université d'Orléans
Moderator/Chair:Bernard Ribémont, Laboratoire Pouvoirs-Lettres-Normes, Université d'Orléans
Paper 744-aLa paix au détriment de la vérité: la leçon des arcanes procéduraux dans le Roman de Renart
(Language: Français)
Jérôme Devard, Centre d’Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale (CESCM), Université de Poitiers
Index terms: Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Law, Mentalities
Paper 744-bFaux coupables et vrais imposteurs: L'usurpation d'identité face à la justice (Amis et Amiles, Berthe aus grans piés)
(Language: Français)
Nadine Henrard, Département de recherches sur le Moyen Âge tardif et la première Modernité, Université de Liège
Index terms: Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Law, Mentalities
Paper 744-cAccusation, preuve et vérité: Du Tristan de Béroul au Roman de la violette de Gerbert de Montreuil
(Language: Français)
Philippe Haugeard, Laboratoire Pouvoirs-Lettres-Normes, Université d'Orléans
Index terms: Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Law, Mentalities
Abstract

The question of the truth in the medieval justice appears sometimes quite similar as in our modern law courts but presents in fact some important differences concerning the procedure (accusation, charge of the proof, oath and ordeal) and the aim of trials (less to punish or establish the truth than to settle the conflicts for example). This session would like to study judicial procedures or trials in old French literature, on the one hand, to lighten the complexity of the medieval practice of justice and, on the other hand, to describe how literature makes use of this complexity.