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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1030: Articulating Legal and Political Boundaries, 1050-1350, I: Jurisdiction and Community

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:AHRC Project 'The Community of the Realm in Scotland, 1249-1424' / BA Network 'Jurisdiction, Legal Community & Political Discourse, 1050-1250'
Organisers:Danica Summerlin, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Alice Taylor, Department of History, King's College London
Moderator/Chair:Chris Wickham, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Paper 1030-aJurisdictional Boundaries in England, 1000-1200
(Language: English)
Tom Lambert, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Index terms: Law, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1030-bThe Perceptions of Urban Legal Boundaries in Semi-Urban 14th-Century Scandinavia
(Language: English)
Miriam Tveit, Fakultetet for Samfunnsvitenskap, Nord universitet
Index terms: Economics - Urban, Law, Political Thought
Paper 1030-cNon-Christian Communities, Political Crisis, and the Limits of Royal Authority: Fueros North of the Duero River, 1108-1194
(Language: English)
Rodrigo GarcĂ­a-Velasco Bernal, Woolf Institute / Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Law, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy, Religious Life

This is the first session in a strand which aims to problematise the 'Grand Narrative' of legal development in the central Middle Ages in Europe. Traditional narratives have stressed either the growth of papal and imperial claims to pan-European legal supremacy or, the converse, how the developing polities created their own 'national laws'. This strand of sessions examines how legal communities were defined against one another (and for what purposes) and how litigants, lawyers, and politicians used and negotiated competing legal traditions. The first session concentrates on the delineation of jurisdictions (religious, urban, or public), how far these borders represented particular communities, and circumstances which prompted increased attention being given to jurisdictional autonomy.