Session311
TitlePublic Opinion, Debate, and the Medieval Public Sphere, III, 800-1500
Date/TimeMonday 3 July 2017: 16.30-18.00
 
OrganiserLeidulf Melve, Institutt for arkeologi historie kultur- og religionsvitenskap, Universitetet i Bergen
 
Moderator/ChairSverre Håkon Bagge, Senter for middelalderstudier, Universitetet i Bergen
 
Paper 311-a Petitions and Political Language: The Use of 'Common Profit' by Merchant Guilds of Late 14th-Century London
(Language: English)
Daniella Gonzalez, Parliamentary Archives, London
Index Terms: Law; Mentalities; Political Thought
Paper 311-b 'Market Gossip and Grumbles and the Work of Humble Courts Are Not Capable of Creating "Public" Culture': Processes of Producing a Public Culture in Late Medieval Europe
(Language: English)
Erik Opsahl, Institutt for historiske studier, Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet, Trondheim
Index Terms: Education; Literacy and Orality; Rhetoric
Paper 311-c Conflicts in Court: Complaints, Confrontation, and Communication, 1550-1650
(Language: English)
Magne Njåstad, Institutt for historiske studier, Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet, Trondheim
Index Terms: Education; Literacy and Orality; Rhetoric
 
AbstractThe sessions will investigate the relationship between the formation of public opinion and the emergence of public debate at different social and institutional junctures. Questions relating to forms of communication and networks will be of importance, but also the relationship between types of public opinion and the specific forms of arguments brought forward by the participants. The range of case studies, covering the period 800-1500, will enable us to put forward tentative conclusions relating to the characteristic features of the medieval public sphere.