IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1101: Sessions in Honor of Stephen D. White, II: Medieval Legal Processes and Disputing

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Organisers:Richard E. Barton, Department of History, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Tracey L. Billado, Department of History, Queens College, City University of New York
Moderator/Chair:Hans Jacob Orning, Institutt for arkeologi, konservering og historie, Universitetet i Oslo
Paper 1101-aDisputes over Customs in Central Medieval France
(Language: English)
Tracey L. Billado, Department of History, Queens College, City University of New York
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Law
Paper 1101-bVisigothic Law and the Settlement of Disputes in Northern Iberia, c. 900-1100
(Language: English)
Daria Safronova, Department of Medieval History Lomonosov Moscow State University
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Law
Paper 1101-cPleading with Demons: Possession and Property in 14th-Century Brittany
(Language: English)
Jehangir Yezdi Malegam, Department of History, Duke University
Index terms: Hagiography, Law
Abstract

The second of the sessions in honor of Stephen D. White demonstrates the importance of processual, case-study approaches to the study of disputes and law, approaches White pioneered in medieval history. Billado uses 11th-century disputes over customs, tithes, and parish revenues in ‘greater-Anjou’ to argue that medieval disputants knew how to process their conflicts. Safronova examines the role of Visigothic law in the settlement of disputes in central medieval León, highlighting the importance of unwritten legal rules and the relationship of such rules to other normative systems. Malegam discusses an inquest into the life and miracles of Ivo of Kermartin, using the source to demonstrate the emergence of certain public legal institutions in late medieval Brittany that transformed expectations of saintly advocacy.