BORJ Hosts Symposium on March 18, After Runnymede: Revising, Reissuing, and Reinterpreting Magna Carta in the Middle Ages

Description: This symposium on Friday, March 18, hosted by the staff of the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, will explore Magna Carta's legacy between its issuance in 1215 and its revival in the seventeenth century.

Admission: This event is free and will be held in room 120 at the Law School.  The public is welcome.  For more information, contact Ann Marie Cortez at [[w|amcortez]]. The symposium will bring together some of the top scholars of medieval law from the U.K. and North America to examine topics such as the political processes involved in reissuing the charter, reactions to the charter in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, and the contemporary importance of the Forest Charter.

Agenda and participants:

9:30-10 a.m.
Breakfast in the lobby


Session 1: Magna Carta’s Dissemination

Janet Loengard, Moravian College, "Magna Carta and the Widow’s Quarantine, Elusive but Enduring"

Richard Helmholz, University of Chicago, "The English Church and Magna Carta"

Paul Brand, University of Oxford, "The First Century of Magna Carta: The Diffusion of Texts and Knowledge of the Charter"

11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Break, lunch will be available to pick up and eat during next session

Session 2: The Religious Dimension of Magna Carta

Thomas McSweeney, College of William & Mary, "Salvation by Statute: Magna Carta, Legislation, and the King's Soul"

Karl Shoemaker, University of Wisconsin—Madison, "The Great Charter and the Divine Ordeal"

Session 3: The Later History of the Charter of the Forest

Ryan Rowberry, Georgia State University, "Forest Eyre Justices in the Reign of Henry III"

Sarah Harlan-Haughey, University of Maine,  "Forest Law Through the Looking Glass: Distortions and Nonsensicalities in the Absurdist Outlaw Fiction of Late Medieval England"

Session 4: Magna Carta in the Later Middle Ages

Charles Donahue, Harvard University, "Magna Carta in the Fourteenth Century: From Law to Symbol?"

Anthony Musson, University of Exeter, "The Legacy of Magna Carta: Law and Justice in the Fourteenth Century"

David Seipp, Boston University, "Magna Carta in the Lawless Fifteenth Century"

Closing Remarks


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