MSS Lecture Stephen Hewer, 'Murder was the case that they gave me: legal status of people in medieval English Ireland as seen through criminal case records'

When
13-03-2020 from 12:00 to 13:00
Where
Ghent, Campus Boekentoren, Blandijn building, 3rd floor, Meeting Room 'Camelot'
Language
English
Organizer
Stefan Meysman
Contact
Stefan.Meysman@UGent.be
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Medieval Seminar Series lunch lecture with Dr. Stephen Hewer (Trinity College Dublin)

Friday 13th March, 2020 we welcome Dr. Stephen Hewer (Trinity College Dublin) as a speaker at our Medieval Seminar Series Lunch Lectures. Dr. Hewer will speak on 'Murder was the case that they gave me: legal status of people in medieval English Ireland as seen through criminal case record'.

Please note that this lunch lecture will take place at the Blandijn building, 3rd floor, meeting room 'Camelot'. This lecture will proceed as planned. For other activities, make sure to check the event calendar regularly. We will provide regular updates.

Abstract

For several decades it has been assumed that it was a felony to kill Englishmen and not a felony to kill Gaelic men in medieval English Ireland. A detailed study of the criminal court records has revealed a more nuanced situation and the diversity of punishments delivered by the English courts in Ireland in the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries. An obvious problem with the previous conclusion is that it leaves out women. Another problem is that it omits all of the other ethnic groups in Ireland and the times when it was not a felony to kill an English person. This talk will delineate the social and legal status of various peoples which can be seen through the punishments against them for committing crimes and through the punishment against perpetrators for crimes against these groups.

Speaker

Stephen Hewer is a Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin and an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow. His speciality is the socio-legal status of minorities in the high Middle Ages. His current project is a study of the socio-legal status of peoples in the England lands in Ireland ('English Ireland') in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.