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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1328: Rules and Boundaries: Law and Crime in 14th-Century England

Wednesday 6 July 2016, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Society for Fourteenth Century Studies
Organiser:James Bothwell, School of History, University of Leicester
Moderator/Chair:Gwilym Dodd, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Paper 1328-aBorough Customary Law and Civic Officials in the 14th Century
(Language: English)
Esther Liberman Cuenca, Department of History, Fordham University, New York
Index terms: Administration, Law
Paper 1328-bSedition, Subsistence, and Suspicious Foresters: Poaching in 14th-Century England
(Language: English)
Toby Salisbury, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Law, Social History
Paper 1328-cYou 'Demeaned her Tenderness': Child Sexual Abuse in the 14th Century
(Language: English)
Alan Kissane, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Law, Sexuality

This panel looks at rules, and the breaking thereof, in the later Middle Ages. Cuenca explores the increasing emphasis on office-holding in the customary law, particularly in Beverley, Bristol, Colchester, Norwich, and New Romney, with an analysis of customs dealing with elections and oath-taking. Salisbury assesses contemporary legal and political theory concerning the act of poaching, and how poaching was utilised as a means of expressing political discontent. Finally, Kissane considers the vexed issue of child abuse by analysing the case of Hugh de Outhorp, and questions the responses of local government. From seemingly mundane issues connected with customary law, through to more serious crimes of poaching and child abuse, these papers examine both how the authority worked, and failed to work, in 14th-century England.