Law and Society in Medieval England: Sources

Department of History, School of History and Cultures

College of Arts and Law


Code 15523

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester 1

Module description

Law & Society Med Eng Sources This special subject will trace the development of the English Common Law as a part of the development of English society and royal administration, beginning with the state of the law after the Norman Conquest. It will address the legal changes under king Henry II, and look at the mechanisms of the main royal courts, including the Eyre, the Court of Common Pleas and the King’s Bench. Major documents like Magna Carta will be analysed as to their legal and political significance. It will also include aspects of the law that were relevant to large sections of society: Forest law, the workings of manorial courts and the law of freedom and villeinage.