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3. The Rise of the State?
About this Lecture
In this module, we explore the rise of the state and the expanding legal system that went with it. We will look at the different types of law in this period. While this period did see a massive expansion of the state and the law, the decline of violence cannot be explained by this alone.
In this course, Dr Hannah Skoda (University of Oxford) explores crime and punishment in the later Middle Ages. In the first module, we look at the types of crime in this period and explore the common responses to it. We then turn to look at the general decline of violence and the various explanations that have been used to explain it. After this we explore the rise of the state and the expanding legal system that went with this. We then turn to look at the role of communities in the enforcement of the law in this period. In the final module, we look at the fundamental question of whether society in the later Middle Ages was inured to violence.
Dr Hannah Skoda is a fellow and tutor of Medieval History at St John’s College, Oxford. Her past research has focused on popular violence in later medieval northern France: exploring the interconnections between different forms of violence, the legal and cultural constructions of 'deviance', and the role of emotions in provoking outbursts of brutality. Her recent research, funded by a Leverhulme prize, looks at nostalgia in the later Middle Ages.
Cite this Lecture
Skoda, H. (2021, May 17). Crime and Punishment – Later Middle Ages, c. 1250-1500 - The Rise of the State? [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/crime-and-punishment-crime-and-punishment-in-the-later-middle-ages-c-1250-1500/the-rise-of-the-state
Skoda, Hannah. "Crime and Punishment – Later Middle Ages, c. 1250-1500 – The Rise of the State?." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 17 May 2021, https://www.massolit.io/courses/crime-and-punishment-crime-and-punishment-in-the-later-middle-ages-c-1250-1500/the-rise-of-the-state