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Litigating Women: Negotiating Justice in Courts of Law, c. 1100-c.1750

June 28, 2017 - June 29, 2017
Swansea University

James Callaghan Building, Swansea University
Swansea SA2 8PP
United Kingdom

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As part of our AHRC-funded project ‘Women Negotiating the Boundaries of Justice’, and in conjunction with Swansea University’s annual ‘Symposium by the Sea’, we are pleased to announce a two-day symposium on the female litigant in the medieval and early modern period (c.1100-c.1750). This event explores women's use of the lawcourts and access to legal redress in the medieval and early modern periods. An exciting line-up of scholars, from postgrads to senior academics, will bring together a broad range of topics, including women's appeals to the Committee for Sequestrations during the English Civil War or to the consumer courts of eighteenth-century Sweden, and a range of themes that include violence and riot, women's voices, neighbourhood, divorce and more!

Our keynotes are:

Professor Emerita Janet Loengard (Moravian College, Pennsylvania): ‘Heiresses, Widows, Felons and Others: Thirteenth-Century Women in the King’s Court’

Professor Sara Butler (The Ohio State University): 'Women and Criminal Law in Medieval England'.

Professor Julie Hardwick (The University of Texas at Austin): 'The first time: young workers, consensual relationships, and the shift to physical intimacy in Old Regime France'.

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