IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1233: Canon Law, III: Law in Learning and Practice in the Later Middle Ages

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Iuris Canonici Medii Aevi Consociatio (ICMAC)
Organiser:Kathleen Cushing, Department of History, Keele University
Moderator/Chair:Kathleen Cushing, Department of History, Keele University
Paper 1233-aJurisprudence for Everyone: On Reading Gratian
(Language: English)
Joseph Goering, Department of History, University of Toronto, Downtown
Paper 1233-bWomen and the Law in 14th-Century York
(Language: English)
Frederik Pedersen, School of History, Divinity & Philosophy, University of Aberdeen
Index terms: Canon Law, Law, Social History, Women's Studies
Paper 1233-cMedieval Legal Manuscripts of Atri Cathedral Chapter Archives: 15th-Century Law in Bologna
(Language: English)
Andrea Bartocci, Facoltà di Giurisprudenzia, Università degli Studi di Teramo
Index terms: Canon Law, Education, Law, Manuscripts and Palaeography

Whilst law in the later Middle Ages had become a profession that involved the systematic study of a curriculum prescribed by a university law faculty, it was not solely the province of academically-trained lawyers either in the courts of western Europe or at the curia in Rome. As canon law touched the life of every inhabitant of Western Europe – most especially in terms of marriage – men and women interacted with church courts in range of pro-active and knowledgeable ways. The papers in this session offer important comparisons between the work of learned lawyers and how other litigants and defendants presented their cases at ecclesiastical courts and how their agency can be read in the surviving records.