Further Reading

During the course of the National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute "Law and Culture in Medieval England," hosted by Western Michigan University, participants, visiting scholars and the co-directors made suggestions for further readings. We offer a selection of those citations here, classified by the weekly themes of the institute.

Further Reading

Legal locales and limits

Dendle, Peter. Textual Transmission of the "Loss of Cattle" Charm, "The Journal of English and Germanic Philology" 105, no. 4 (Oct. 2006): 514-39.

Galbert of Bruges. "The Murder, Betrayal, and Slaughter of the Glorious Charles, Count of Flanders." Translated by Jeffrey Rider. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013.

Goebel, Julius. "Felony and Misdemeanor: A Study in the History of Criminal Law." Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1976 (originally published in 1937, ebook edition: 2016).

Miller, William Ian. Ordeal in Iceland. "Scandinavian Studies" 60, no. 2 (1988): 189-218.

Niles, John D. The Myth of the Feud in Anglo-Saxon England. "Journal of English and Germanic Philology" 114, no. 2 (2015): 163-200.

Smail, Daniel Lord. "The Consumption of Justice: Emotions, Publicity, and Legal Culture in Marseille, 1264-1423." Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2003.

Disputation, compensation and penance

"Bibliotheca legum." http://www.leges.uni-koeln.de/en/ (main link); http://www.leges.uni-koeln.de/en/lex/ (link to laws)

Clanchy, Michael. "From Memory to Written Record in England, 1066-1307." 3rd ed. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.

Fleming, Robin. "Domesday Book and the Law: Society and Legal Custom in Early Medieval England." Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Lambert, Tom. "Law and Order in Anglo-Saxon England." Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Miller, Andrew. Tails of Masculinity, Knights, Clerics, and the Mutilation of Horses in Medieval England. "Speculum" 88, no. 4 (2013): 958-95.

Vallerani, Massimo. "Medieval Public Justice." Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2012.

Words as weapons

Enright, Michael J. "Lady with a Mead Cup: Ritual, Prophecy and Lordship in the European Warband from La Téne to the Viking Age." Blackrock, Ire., and Portland, OR: Four Courts Press, 1996 (reprint: 2013).

Jochens, Jenny. The Illicit Love Visit. "Journal of the History of Sexuality" 1, no. 3 (Jan. 1991): 357-92.

Kang, Ji-Soo. The Concept of Boasting in "Beowulf": The Problems of Interpreting Beot, Gilp, and Their Compound Words. "중세르네상스 영문학" (Medieval and Early Modern English Studies) 3 (1995): 17-32.

Kim, Susan. As I Once Did with Grendel: Boasting and Nostalgia in "Beowulf." "Modern Philology" 103, no. 1 (Aug. 2005): 4-27.

Koopmans, Rachel M. "Re-interpreting the Becket Miracle Windows from Canterbury Cathedral." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJw7bHzEBLQ (video explaining the Ailward stained-glass window)

Laing, Gregory. “Bound by Words: Oath-Taking and Oath-Breaking in Medieval Iceland and Anglo-Saxon England.” Unpublished PhD dissertation, Western Michigan University, 2014). https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/dissertations/382.

"The Treaty of Walter de Bibbesworth." Translated by Andrew Dalby. Devon: Prospect Books, 2012.

Woolf, Rosemary. The Ideal of Men Dying with Their Lord in the "Germania" and in "The Battle of Maldon." "Anglo-Saxon England" 5 (1976): 63-81.

Crime, gender and violence

Belamy, John G. "The Law of Treason in England in the Later Middle Ages." Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1970.

Flint, Valerie. "Rise of Magic in Early Medieval Europe." Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994.

Green, Richard Firth. "Elf Queens and Holy Friars: Fairy Beliefs and the Medieval Church." The Middle Ages Series. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018.

Green, Thomas A. "Verdict according to Conscience: Perspectives on the Criminal Trial Jury, 1200-1800." Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1985.

Jordan, William Chester. "From England to France: Felony and Exile in the High Middle Ages." Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015.

McSweeney, Thomas J. "Priests of the Law: Roman Law and the Making of the Common Law’s First Professionals." Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019.

Moore, Robert I. "The Formation of a Persecuting Society: Authority and Deviance in Western Europe, 950-1250." Malden, Mass.: Blackwell Publishing, 2009.

Park, Justin G. Legally Speaking: The Finn Episode and Alfred’s Law Code. "Neophilologus" 101, no. 1 (Jan. 2017): 119-127.

Phipps, Teresa. "Medieval Women and Urban Justice: Commerce, Crime and Community in England c. 1300-1500." Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2020.

Saltzman, Benjamin A. "Bonds of Secrecy: Law, Spirituality, and the Literature of Concealment in Early Medieval England." Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019.

Saul, Nigel. "For Honour and Fame: Chivalry in England, 1066-1500." London: Pimlico, 2012.

Twomey, Carolyn and Daniel Anlezark, eds. "Meanings of Water in Early Medieval England." Turnhout: Brepols, 2021.

Waymack, Anna. Teaching "de raptu meo": Chaucer, Chaumpaigne, and Consent in the Classroom. "Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality" 53, no. 1 (2017): 150-75.

Weber, Benjamin D. Sworn Swords: The Germanic Context of "Beowulf" 2064, Aðsweard. "Anglo-Saxon England" 47 (2018): 177-90.

Whitman, James. "The Origins of Reasonable Doubt: Theological Roots of the Criminal Trial." New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008.