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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1230: Articulating Legal and Political Boundaries, 1050-1350, III: Legal Awareness

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

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:Matthew McHaffie, Department of History, King's College London
Paper 1230-aColonisation or Continuity?: The Statutes of Pamiers (1212) and the Legal Tradition of the Midi
(Language: English)
Gregory Lippiatt, Centre d'Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale (CESCM), Université de Poitiers
Index terms: Crusades, Law, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1230-bPolicing the Borders, Pushing the Boundaries: Asserting and Expanding Jurisdiction in Anglo-Scottish Correspondence, 1249-86
(Language: English)
Kathleen Neal, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Monash University, Victoria
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Law, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1230-cCanon Law and 13th-Century French Coutumiers
(Language: English)
Melodie H. Eichbauer, College of Arts & Sciences, Florida Gulf Coast University
Index terms: Canon Law, Law

This is the third 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 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 to problematise the relationship between law and the nation. The third session addresses the question of legal awareness, asking how far law-makers, legal specialists and, even, letter writers knew other of other legal traditions and alluded to them in different ways in their work with different effects. It challenges perceptions about the separate spheres of law (e.g. 'canon' and 'customary') as well as examining how legal awareness was used for explicit political purposes, and with what consequences.