IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1736: Law and Memory in Western France, 1000-1300

Thursday 5 July 2018, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Tracey L. Billado, Department of History, Queens College, City University of New York
Moderator/Chair:Justine Firnhaber-Baker, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Paper 1736-aRemembering Order and Disorder in Angevin France: The Strange Case of Count David of Maine
(Language: English)
Richard E. Barton, Department of History, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Law
Paper 1736-bRemembering Justice and Constructing Law in Medieval Brittany
(Language: English)
Jehangir Yezdi Malegam, Department of History, Duke University
Index terms: Law, Mentalities

This session examines ways that memories of past order and disorder participated in processes of shaping law and negotiating meanings of justice in Maine, Anjou, and Brittany. Barton’s paper discusses intersections between forgery, historical memory, and conceptions of good and bad governance in Maine as seen in 12th-century texts recounting stories of a ‘Count David’. Malegam’s paper explores how knights and peasants in medieval Brittany shaped law codes and their own legal persons through petitions in the alien judicial forums of Plantagenet and Capetian kings.