IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1036: Voices of Law, I: Memory, Law, and Precedent

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Voices of Law: Language, Text & Practice / Iuris Canonici Medii Aevi Consociatio (ICMAC)
Organisers:Matthew McHaffie, Department of History, King's College London
Danica Summerlin, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Moderator/Chair:Helle Vogt, Center for Retskulturelle Studier, Det Juridiske Fakultet, KĂžbenhavns Universitet
Paper 1036-aCharters as Legal Memory in 12th-Century England
(Language: English)
Hannah Boston, Trinity College, University of Oxford
Paper 1036-bFabricating and Forgetting Facts: Communal Attempts to Conceal Criminality at Trial in 13th-Century England
(Language: English)
Kenneth F. Duggan, Huron University College, Western University, Ontario
Index terms: Law, Social History
Paper 1036-cThe Legal Memory of Eastern Married Clerics in Two Anglo-Norman Decretists
(Language: English)
Maroula Perisanidi, Classics, Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Canon Law, Law

This session explores the role of legal memory in comparative perspective, looking at remembering and forgetting in Norman ‘customary’ law, English Common Law, and Canon Law. The comparative angle also plays into larger questions about how historians remember the different legal pasts of canon, common, and customary law, as well as eastern and western law. Such differences continue to shape modern historiography, often obscuring important similarities across Europe’s legal systems. This session thus aims at problematizing such differences by considering questions of legal memory in comparative dialogue.