Voices of Law: Text, Language

22-23 September 2016, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands




22 September 2016


09:00-09:30 – Registration and Welcome


09:30 – 11:00 – Ritual and Performance Using Scripture & Liturgy


The Ritual of Torture in Medieval Courts

Kenneth Pennington, The Catholic University of America


Biblical analogues for early Anglo-Saxon law

Carole Hough, University of Glasgow


Legal performance in John’s Gospel and its interpretation by Old English translators

Sara Pons-Sanz, Cardiff University


Coffee – 11:00-11:15


11:15 – 12:30 – Ritual and Performance Within Law Texts


Recholl Breth: an early medieval Irish law text

Jody Buckley-Coogan, Queen’s University, Belfast


Transformation of an early medieval ritual in the process of record of the Lex Frisionum

Grigorij Borisov, Moscow State University / Tübingen University


Poisoning in Lombard Law and Legal Commentary: The Liber Papiensis and Walcausina, ca. 1025-1125

Thomas Gobbitt, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften


Lunch – 12:30-13:30


13:30-15:30 – Rituals and Performance as Sensory/Emotional


The power of the senses: voice and touch in the ritualistic practices in early Irish law

Jacqueline Bemmer, Oxford University


Law and Drinking

Daniela Fruscione, Universität Frankfurt am Main


Revenge or Settlement? Law and Feud in Early Sagas of Icelanders

Roland Scheel, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen


Wrath at court: legal response, ritual display or strategic move?

Hans Jacob Orning, University of Oslo


Coffee – 15:30-15:45


15:45-17:00 Round table and concluding remarks


19:30  Conference Dinner – Hotel Post-Plaza



23 September 2016


09:00-10:30 – Rituals and Performance in the Social/Secular Sphere


The art of vassalage: Depictions of homage, fealty, and investiture in secular manuscripts of medieval Iberia

Shannon Wearing, UCLA Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies


Ritual, Law, and the ‘Legal Revolution’

Matthew McHaffie, King’s College, London


Snowballs, strangers and standards; social relations and judicial ordinances in late medieval Lille

Laura Crombie, University of York



Coffee – 10:30-10:45


10:45-12:15 – Ritual and Performance of Space and Place


Love-Days: Mediation and Performance in Marcher Law

Melissa Julian-Jones, Cardiff University


Performance and ritualization in the late medieval courtroom: Utrecht, Paris and York

Frans Camphuijsen, University of Amsterdam


Addressing Accessibility of the Courtroom in the Fifteenth-century Town Hall

Nathan van Kleij, University of Amsterdam


LUNCH – 12:15-13:15


13:15-14:30 – Ritual and Performance of Oath-Making


Oaths of loyalty sworn contra omnes

Joshua Hey, University of St Andrews


Lies and Loyalty: Oaths as Ritual in Medieval Norwegian Legislation

Ole-Albert Rønning, University of Oslo


“If I lie, let the lighting strike me, let the illness affect me right here, right now” Oath in the polish urban and land law in the Medieval and Early Modern Period

Piotr Kitowski & Aleksandra Girsztowt, University of Gdańsk


14:30-14:45 Coffee


14:45 – Closing Remarks


Partners: Cardiff University, The Fryske Akademy, University of Cambridge, University of Glasgow, and the University of Copenhagen

Funded by The Leverhulme Trust International Research Network Grant


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