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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1037: Medieval Judicial and Spatial Networks in Western Europe

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 09.00-10.30

Moderator/Chair:Mariah Cooper, Department of History Memorial University of Newfoundland
Paper 1037-aSupport Networks for Travelers with Disabilities in the Carolingian Empire
(Language: English)
Kelly Gibson, Department of History, University of Dallas, Texas
Index terms: Daily Life, Hagiography
Paper 1037-bViolence and Foreigners in England in the Records of King's Bench in the 1450s and 1460s
(Language: English)
Thomas Ford, Department of History University of Winchester
Index terms: Law, Politics and Diplomacy

Paper -a:
This paper examines the accounts of travel in miracle collections from the 9th century for insight into the experiences of those living with disabilities. These travelers obtained help from a range of people: family, friends, neighbors, fellow travelers, slaves, or masters. This study investigates how a traveler’s support network affected travel distances and varied according to disability, age, gender, social status, or occupation, method of travel, season, year, and location within the Carolingian Empire. Although focused on support during travel, these findings likely also shed light on the support networks that helped those with disabilities during their daily life and the social bonds that existed in local communities.

Paper -b:
During the 1450s and 1460s, England saw an especially weak period of royal authority owing to the incapacity of Henry VI and the ensuing civil wars. As a result of this, there have been many studies on lawlessness in this period. However, the violence that foreigners experienced when the Crown was unable to protect them has been the subject of less study. In particular, the records of the Court of the King's Bench have been untapped as a source and can be used to look at how foreigners in England experienced the periods of crisis.