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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1635: Voices of Law, II: Between Private and Public

Thursday 4 July 2019, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Center for Retskulturelle Studier (CECS), Det Juridiske Fakultet, Københavns Universitet / Voices of Law: Language, Text & Practice
Organiser:Jenny Benham, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Moderator/Chair:Tom Johnson, Department of History, University of York
Paper 1635-aDebilis complexio: Christians and Dietary Requirements of Canon Law
(Language: English)
Kirsi Salonen, Department of Finnish History, University of Turku
Index terms: Canon Law, Daily Life, Law
Paper 1635-bThe Regulated Life: Law and Privacy in Medieval Denmark
(Language: English)
Helle Vogt, Center for Retskulturelle Studier, Det Juridiske Fakultet, Københavns Universitet
Index terms: Daily Life, Law
Paper 1635-cPlaces of Justice: Public and Private Space in 11th- and 12th-Century Western France
(Language: English)
Matthew McHaffie, Department of History, King's College London

This session moves into the frames between the private and the public. Starting with food, Salonen discusses the dietary problems caused by the requirements of canon law concerning fasting periods. The Apostolic Penitentiary granted dispensations that were the only way to obey the ecclesiastical norms for those with allergies. By taking a 'materialist' perspective towards court rolls and archaeological records. McHaffie presents a preliminary overview of the locations where courts gathered as recorded in charters in 11th- and 12th-century western France; he concentrates on differences between supposed public and private spaces, raising questions about how such spaces were legitimated as legal space. Finally, Vogt uses the Danish legal material to show how legal rituals that took place in the private sphere in the 13th century was moved to the public assemblies, in this process the material aspects of the legal action were transformed into a strictly legal act not depending on material artifacts.