IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 809: Emotions in the Courtroom

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Centre for Mediaeval & Early Modern Law & Literature, University of St Andrews / Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions
Organiser:Kimberley-Joy Knight, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, University of Sydney
Moderator/Chair:John Hudson, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Paper 809-aFrustration Leads to Anger: Laymen and Clerics in the Courtroom
(Language: English)
John Hudson, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Law, Mentalities
Paper 809-bThe Function of Displays of Anger and Fear in 12th-Century English Courtroom Disputes
(Language: English)
Will Eves, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Law, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Rhetoric
Paper 809-cFear and Loathing in Medieval Scandinavia
(Language: English)
Kimberley-Joy Knight, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, University of Sydney
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Law
Abstract

The recent surge of interest in the history of the emotions has seen medievalists uncover a broad range of new source material recording the affective lives of Europeans in the Middle Ages. A parallel growth of interest in crime and judicial records from ecclesiastical and secular courts has identified these as excellent sources and made clear that the courtroom could be a locus for emotionally charged events, in which anger, fear, and love feature prominently. This panel will bring together the insights on fear, and will address the following themes:
– the role that emotions played in legal conduct
– emotional responses to punishment or leniency
– provoked, faked, and repressed emotions
– the influence of religious norms and moral codes