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Teresa Phipps

challenges, opportunities and conflicts. This book examines the active nature of women’s experiences of and engagement with local justice, rather than the ways in which they were defined or punished by the law. This is in part a reflection of the sources used (particularly civil pleas) but also the approach to these records, centring women as individuals with choices and personalities, rather than simply as subjects of legal and official authority or statistics to be counted. While this study also serves as a detailed insight into

in Medieval women and urban justice
Thomas A. Prendergast and Stephanie Trigg

. However, we think that medieval and medievalism studies are well placed to model new forms of engagement. By this we mean something very different from the older, somewhat reluctant and often patronising concession by old-school medieval scholars that the modern enthusiasm for medievalism in popular culture might serve as a kind of lure to attract students into the field of medieval philology and history

in Affective medievalism
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Teresa Phipps

a wide range of legal disputes and offences, enhances our understanding of urban women’s engagement with the law at the local level, revealing the multiple reasons for which they were drawn into contact with the law throughout the course of their everyday lives. Women were always a minority among litigants and individuals who came under the purview of local justice, but this does not mean that their legal experiences were insignificant or should be dismissed as exceptional. Some of the instances in which we have found

in Medieval women and urban justice
Commerce, crime and community in England, 1300–1500
Author: Teresa Phipps

This book explores the legal actions of women living in three English towns – Nottingham, Chester and Winchester – during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. For the first time, it brings together women’s involvement in a wide range of litigation, including pleas of debt and trespass, as well as the actions for which they were punished under local policing and regulations. The book details the multiple reasons that women engaged with the law in their local communities, all arising from their interpersonal relationships and everyday work and trade. Through the examination of thousands of original court cases, it reveals the identities of hundreds of ordinary urban women and the wide range of legal actions that they participated in. This wide-ranging, comparative study examines the differing ways that women’s legal status was defined in multiple towns, and according to different situations and pleas. It pays close attention to the experiences of married women and the complex and malleable nature of coverture, which did not always make them completely invisible. The book offers new perspectives on women’s legal position and engagement with the law, their work and commercial roles, the gendering of violence and honour, and the practical implications of coverture and marital status, highlighting the importance of examining the legal roles and experiences of individual women. Its basis in the records of medieval town courts also offers a valuable insight into the workings of these courts and the lives and identities of those that used them.

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Pursuing enemies to death in France between the ninth and the eleventh centuries
John Gillingham

here. For the purposes of this discussion I define battle extremely loosely to mean little more than an engagement that has attracted the notice of one or more chroniclers, in particular, of course, when they had something to say about the fate of the losers. By this criterion I have taken account of twenty-eight engagements that took place in Gaul (West Francia) and the Rhineland between 841 and 1068, a

in Frankland
Paul Kershaw

vitae: Parcite vos misero, Christe Maria, viro . 19 If the Historia’s closing author portrait served as an influence upon Sedulius’ poetic self-representation, what can be said about the impact of the work as a whole? To understand Sedulius’ engagement with Bede the

in Frankland
Michelle M. Sauer

the community’s needs when he is willing.8 However, she further points out that ‘[u]‌nlike monks [hermits] interacted frequently with lay and ecclesiastical society’.9 Hermits and other ‘wayward monks’ exemplified a growing sense of individualism that placed more emphasis on solitary religious endeavours than on success in a religious community, as well as a rising sense of social involvement and a greater degree of social engagement. It is about this time that hermits began to be associated directly with roads and bridges. Although the order did not spread to

in Roadworks
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Mark Ormrod, Bart Lambert, and Jonathan Mackman

part of the Plantagenets’ continued commitment to their wider dominions and of their close engagement with their European neighbours, enemies and friends alike. 4 This is precisely the vision presented by Thomas Polton, a clerical lawyer and member of the English delegation at the great church council at Constance in 1417. Responding to French suggestions that the English did not deserve their status as a ‘principal nation’ alongside the Italians, the French, the Germans and the Spanish, Polton argued strongly that England’s voice in Europe relied on her cultural

in Immigrant England, 1300–1550
Enigmas, agency and assemblage
James Paz

disciplinary ownership. Like Borges, Alfred Becker’s engagement with the Franks Casket begins with touch: Exactly 30  years ago I  could actually touch it in the rooms of the Department of British and Medieval Antiquities at the British Museum. And I did. It must have been at that moment that it cast its spell on me.12 The past and the present of this artefact –​and the related question of obscolescence –​spellbind and frustrate Becker in turns. Is it too distant for us to utilise in some practical way? Is it merely an object to be studied from afar? Why can we not still

in Nonhuman voices in Anglo-Saxon literature and material culture
David Ganz

clear parallels, and the eyes of the soul which make man akin to the angels also seem unique. The final section (which I have not translated) combines two passages from Eucherius’s Instructiones , though in so garbled a form that they cannot have made much sense. This brief text shows some engagement with questions of ethics and particularly with how earthly goods are to be used. The

in Frankland