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‘Rhetoric and reality: the making of English medieval legislation’
May 23 - May 23 | 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Selden Society 2019 lecture series
Third annual Lord Atkin lecture.
Presented by Professor Paul Brand.
The legislative capacity of the later medieval English monarchy was a significant element in royal governmental power. The King of England had the power to make legislation creating generally binding legal norms and possessed in the royal network of courts an effective mechanism for their enforcement. Legislation was one of the few ways in which kings were able to demonstrate their practical utility to the mass of their subjects and was therefore a way of harnessing the loyalty of their subjects.
In this lecture, Professor Paul Brand will describe the different rhetorics of legislation enacted during the thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries – a period when the initiative in legislation still clearly lay with the King and his advisers, and also a period which saw the enactment of legislation with a major and continuing impact and importance.
Join us for refreshments in the Portrait Gallery after the lecture.
Registrations close 16 May – please bring your ticket for quick check-in.