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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1240: Law and Problem Solving, c. 1000-c. 1300, II: Law and the Problem of Political Authority

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 14.15-15.45

Organisers:Philippa Byrne, St John's College, University of Oxford
Meghan Woolley, Department of History, Duke University
Moderator/Chair:Meghan Woolley, Department of History, Duke University
Paper 1240-aCollective Punishment in Anglo-Norman England and Its Precedents
(Language: English)
Jake A. Stattel, Trinity College, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Law, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1240-b'Arnold didn't write this': The Technology of the Written Record, 1130-1314
(Language: English)
Leland Grigoli, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Daily Life, Law, Mentalities

This session examines the relationships between law and political authority in three different regions. The first paper traces precedents of Anglo-Norman collective punishment to the c. 1000 Danelaw, complicating the traditional view of collective punishment as a response to the problem of preserving post-1066 Norman authority. The final paper explores what Toulouse's notarial culture shows about the relationship between kingship and the law in Occitania. Together, they reveal possibilities for how we might use legal sources to better understand questions of power and authority.