TitleFeeling Legality: Emotions in Medieval Canon and Common Law
Date/TimeWednesday 6 July 2022: 11.15-12.45
SponsorSociety for the Study of Emotions (SSME)
OrganiserHailey O'Harrow, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Moderator/ChairMelanie Brunner, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 1117-a Shame and Conjugal Masculinity in Impotence Trials in York, 1350-1450
(Language: English)
Gabrielle Schwarzmann, School of History, Queen Mary, University of London
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Law
Paper 1117-b The Emotions of Killing in Gratian's Causa 23
(Language: English)
Jeffrey Ryan Barnett, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Index Terms: Canon Law; Mentalities
AbstractAs the 'affective turn' continues apace in Medieval Studies, the Society for the Study of Medieval Emotions is delighted to sponsor a session devoted entirely to the appearance, performance, and function of specific emotions in sources of medieval common and canon law. Gabrielle Schwarzmann's analysis of 14th- and 15th-century impotence trials allows us to explore the interconnectivity between emotion and gender, while Ryan Barnett and Hailey O'Harrow's varied methodological approaches to analysing Gratian's Decretum serve as templates for understanding the value and function of emotions in upholding the law.