The Margins of Justice: Law and Minorities in the Middle Ages
A study of how law impacted minorities in the Middle Ages: outlaws, Jews, homosexuals, foreigners, disabled and poor. Surveys how socially disadvantaged persons navigated royal authority in France and England after 1100. While most reading is secondary sources, we use literature, saints’ lives, charters and law codes to reconstruct medieval conceptions of justice, to ask what is law, and to reconstruct state formation through experiences of people usually relegated to the margins. For graduate students and motivated senior undergraduates. Instructor: Malegam. One course.