If you are interested in Medieval Europe (political, cultural, economic, social history) from 11th to 16th centuries, this is your group.
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In the year 1397 in the parish of Tuttington (Norfolk), a woman whose name is lost to history, frantic to rid herself of the evil spirit that possessed her, turned to suicide. She attempted first to hang herself, but her husband discovered her while life remained in her body, cut down the rope, and comforted her. A few weeks later she tried once…[Read more]
Sara Margaret Butler deposited “Lies, Damned Lies, and the Life of Saint Lucy: Three Cases of Judicial Separation from the Late Medieval Court of York.” in the group Late Medieval History on Humanities Commons 3 days, 18 hours ago
An examination of three cases of judicial separation from the late medieval court of York.
Sara Margaret Butler deposited “Spousal Abuse in Fourteenth-century Yorkshire: What can we learn from the Coroners’ Rolls?” in the group Late Medieval History on Humanities Commons 3 days, 18 hours ago
Since the publication of Philippe Aries’ Centuries of Childhood in the early 1960’s, historians of the family have been intrigued by the prospect of a history of change in familial sentiment. 1 Aries’ study of attitudes about children from the Middle Ages to the eighteenth century, based primarily on art and material evidence, demonstrates…[Read more]
Sara Margaret Butler deposited “‘I will never consent to be wedded with you!’: Coerced Marriage in the Courts of Medieval England.” in the group Late Medieval History on Humanities Commons 3 days, 18 hours ago
This paper asks us to rethink the boundaries between consent and coercion in medieval England. From gentle persuasion to threats and abuse, coercion was a part of the courtship process. Although late medieval society expected parents to play an active, even heavy-handed, role in matchmaking, the English church recognized the possibility that…[Read more]
Sara Margaret Butler deposited “The Law as a Weapon in Marital Disputes: Evidence from the Late Medieval Court of Chancery, 1424- 1529.” in the group Late Medieval History on Humanities Commons 3 days, 18 hours ago
When Isabelle, widow of Richard Vergeons, commissioned the writing of a bill of complaint to Chancery at the end of the fifteenth century, she was clearly at the end of her tether. Six months before the writing of the petition, the wife of Thomas Hyll, a wire monger of London, approached the petitioner’s husband, begging for ‘‘secour and saufg…[Read more]
Sunday, January 23, 1390 was a day that Ralph Peioun of Wotton (Lincs.) and his wife most likely never forgot. On this day, their one-year-old son, Richard, presumably curious and headstrong like most young toddlers his age, made an unfortunate choice of playthings when he picked up a pair of shears and wounded himself in the throat, a fatal…[Read more]
When confronted with cases of self-killing, medieval jurors had to contend with a vast array of often conflicting concerns, from religious and folkloric condemnations of the act of suicide, to fears for the welfare of the family of the dead, and to coping with royal confiscations of a felon’s goods. All of these factors had a profound impact on t…[Read more]
Scholars of the medieval family would generally agree that the lot of the medieval wife was not an easy one. Medieval husbands held the upper hand in the power relationship, both legally and socially. Although Lawrence Stone’s view of niarried life in the Middle Ages as “brutal and often hostile, with little communication, [and] much wife-beating”…[Read more]
The use of the term “community” in historical studies continues to present problems for many medievalists. Myriad studies have emphasized the inadequacy of the term when describing medieval society. Microstudies of manors and villages, especially in the English context, by historians Barbara A. Hanawalt, J. Ambrose Raftis, and Sherri Olson (am…[Read more]
Art historian Barbara Kellum’s 1973 article on child murder in medieval England paints a picture of a world replete with ruthless and murderous single mothers who escaped the legal consequences of their actions due to an indifferent court system that chose to turn a blind eye to the deaths of young children. Despite the overstated tone of her w…[Read more]
The history of homicidal insanity in the courts of law of medieval England.
Given the hurdles one faced in trying to stay healthy in later medieval England, it should come as no surprise that the medieval English placed a premium on competent medicine. As Carole Rawcliffe has argued, “medieval life was beset by constant threats to health arising from poor diet (at both ends of the social spectrum), low levels of h…[Read more]
Sara Margaret Butler deposited Sacred People, Sacred Spaces: Evidence of Parish Respect and Contempt for the pre-Reformation Clergy.” in the group Late Medieval History on Humanities Commons 3 days, 18 hours ago
Conflicts between parish clergy and parishioners in late medieval England have been described as acts of both anticlericalism and proclericalism (that is, an attempt to compel clergy into living up to the parishioners’ increasingly high expectations of them). This paper hopes to expand our knowledge of parish conflict by turning to an o…[Read more]
With regard to English common law, medieval women were able to participate in the curial process in only a limited way. This is not true of women as defendants: women could be sued for almost any civil or criminal plaint, but their privileges as plaintiffs were broadly curtailed by marital status and cultural expectation. The legal fiction of…[Read more]
In the year 1304, Matilda Bonamy of Guernsey, a young woman from one of the Anglo-Norman island’smost established and affluent families, found herself in a predicament familiar to many of today’s youth. A liaison with Jordan Clouet, also from a family of long provenance in Guernsey if not as comfortable, had left her pregnant. To Matilda the sol…[Read more]
Stephen Hewer deposited Review: Seán Duffy (ed.) Medieval Dublin XVI: Proceedings of Clontarf 1014–2014: National Conference Marking the Millennium of the Battle of Clontarf in the group Late Medieval History on Humanities Commons 1 week, 6 days ago
Review of Medieval Dublin XVI: Proceedings of Clontarf 1014-2014
Synopsis of those monasteries that were dissoluted during secularization, from which manuscripts came into possession of the former Court Library of the landgraves of Hessen-Darmstadt (now: University and State Library Darmstadt).
Dossier temático organizado por Covadonga Valdaliso Casanova y Francisco Díaz Marcilla para la revista “Medievalista”, nº 23 (2018).
Aquí el Editorial de la propia revista y de los coordinadores del volumen temático.
Número completo: http://www2.fcsh.unl.pt/iem/medievalista/INDEX.html.
Special Issue: http://www2.fcsh.unl.pt/iem/medievalista/INDEX.html.
El desarrollo del pensamiento de Ramon Llull (1323-1316) y la transmisión de su obra en los siglos posteriores son temas que se exponen en este volumen desde distintas perspectivas. En medio del notable trabajo que los lulistas de nuestra época hacen en favor de la herencia intelectual del polígrafo mallorquín – en Freiburg, Barcelona, Palma de Ma…[Read more]
Francisco Jose Diaz Marcilla deposited Hacia un nuevo modelo de interpretación histórica: las aportaciones de las ciencias sociales al estudio y comprensión de la Historia in the group Late Medieval History on Humanities Commons 2 months, 1 week ago
Antropología, Sociología y Psicología contienen un bagaje de teorías (modelos explicativos y puntos de vista interpretativos) y metodologías (maneras de acercarse al objeto de estudio), que su aplicación a los estudios históricos no sólo es innovadora sino también necesaria para poder seguir construyendo una ciencia social histórica plena e i…[Read more]
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