Rancor and Reconciliation in Medieval England

Rancor and Reconciliation in Medieval England

by Paul R. Hyams
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801439965

ISBN-13: 9780801439964

Pub. Date: 11/15/2003

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Duels and bloodfeuds have long been regarded as essentially Continental phenomena, counter to the staid and orderly British ways of settling differences. In this surprising work of social and legal history, Paul R. Hyams reveals a post-Conquest England not all that different from the realms across the Channel. Drawing on a wide range of texts and the long history

Overview

Duels and bloodfeuds have long been regarded as essentially Continental phenomena, counter to the staid and orderly British ways of settling differences. In this surprising work of social and legal history, Paul R. Hyams reveals a post-Conquest England not all that different from the realms across the Channel. Drawing on a wide range of texts and the long history of argument about these texts, Hyams shatters the myth of English exceptionalism, the notion that while feud and vengeance prevailed in the lands of the Franks, England had advanced beyond such anarchic barbarism by the time of the Conquest and forged a centralized political and legal system. This book provides support for the notion that feud and vengeance flourished in England long beyond the Conquest, and that this fact obliges us to reconsider the genealogies of both common law and the English monarchy.Moving back and forth between a broad overview of 300 years of legal history and the details of specific disputes, Hyams attends to the demands of individuals who believed that they had been aggrieved and sought remedy. He shows how individuals perceived particular acts of violence and responded to them. These reactions, in turn, sparked central efforts to manage disputes and thereby establish law and order. Respectable litigation, however, never eclipsed the danger of direct action, often violent and physical.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801439964
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
11/15/2003
Series:
Conjunctions of Religion and Power in the Medieval Past Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Note on Sources and Citations
List of Abbreviations
Part I Approaches to the Study of Wrong
Chapter 1 Understanding of Feud and Friendship
Chapter 2 Social Emotions in a Culture of Vengeance
Part II Undifferentiated Wrong and its Rredress
Chapter 3 Redress for Wrong in the Governance of Late Anglo-Saxon England
Chapter 4 Vengeance and Peacemaking in the Century after the Norman Conquest
Chapter 5 Common Law and Central Order in Angevin England
Part III An Enmity Culture:Writs,Wrongs,
and Vengeance in the Age of the Common Law
Chapter 6 Wrongs and Their Righting in the Early Common Law
Chapter 7 The Differentiation of Wrongs:Trespass and the Appeal
Chapter 8 Was There an Enmity Culture in Thirteenth-Century England?
Appendix: Case Narratives
Bibliography
Index

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