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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1535: Voices of Law, I: Fora for Justice

Thursday 4 July 2019, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Voices of Law: Language, Text & Practice
Organiser:Helle Vogt, Center for Retskulturelle Studier, Det Juridiske Fakultet, KĂžbenhavns Universitet
Moderator/Chair:Jenny Benham, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Paper 1535-aThe Advantage of Publicity in Competing Jurisdictions: Ecclesiastical Broadcasting in 13th-Century England
(Language: English)
Felicity Hill, Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Canon Law, Law
Paper 1535-bLaw outwith the Courthouse: Inns, Taverns, and Private Homes as Legal Fora
(Language: English)
Edda Frankot, Research Institute of Irish & Scottish Studies, University of Aberdeen
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Law

Where and how were legal decisions negotiated and justified is the session's theme. Hill shows how English competing secular and ecclesiastical jurisdiction used excommunication as a tool to publicly discredit a rival throughout a diocese, and how legal requirements governing excommunication could be circumvented. Whereas the first paper deal with the established system, Frankot shows how legal transactions in Kampen and Aberdeen were often concluded in taverns or private houses. The paper investigates how it was possible for alternative legal fora to function without involvement of legal officials.