A set of essays intended to recognize the scholarship of Professor Cynthia Neville, the papers gathered here explore borders and boundaries in medieval and early modern Britain. Over her career, Cynthia has excavated the history of border law and social life on the frontier between England and Scotland and has written extensively of the relationships between natives and newcomers in Scotland’s Middle Ages. Her work repeatedly invokes jurisdiction as both a legal and territorial expression of power. The essays in this volume return to themes and topics touched upon in her corpus of work, all in one way or another examining borders and boundaries as either (or both) spatial and legal constructs that grow from and shape social interaction.
Contributors are Douglas Biggs, Amy Blakeway, Steve Boardman, Sara M. Butler, Anne DeWindt, Kenneth F. Duggan, Elizabeth Ewan, Chelsea D.M. Hartlen, K.J. Kesselring, Tom Lambert, Shannon McSheffrey, and Cathryn R. Spence.
Sara M. Butler, Ph.D. (2001), Dalhousie University, is King George III Professor in British History at The Ohio State University. Her publications include
The Language of Abuse: Marital Violence in Later Medieval England (Brill, 2007),
Divorce in Medieval England: From One to Two Persons at Law (Routledge, 2013), and
Forensic Medicine and Death Investigation in Medieval England (Routledge, 2015).
Krista J. Kesselring, Ph.D. (2000), Queen’s University, is Professor of History at Dalhousie University. Her publications include
Mercy and Authority in the Tudor State (Cambridge UP, 2003) and
The Northern Rebellion of 1569 (Palgrave, 2007).
''This is a stimulating set of essays that will be of interest to historians of medieval and early modern Britain, and to scholars with an interest in border studies. It is a genuinely British collection, with material from different regions of England, Scotland, and Wales, as well as a number of frontiers. The authors, as a group, set their research in clear historical and historiographical context, making it possible for readers to engage with a diverse set of essays and understand how the papers not only enter into dialogue with Neville’s work but also advance their own fields''. Morgan Ring, in
Canadian Journal of History , 54.1-2 (2019).
List of Illustrations Notes on Contributors
Introduction Sara M. Butler and K.J. Kesselring
List of Publications: Cynthia J. Neville
Part 1: Making and Marking Borders: Conflict
Frontier Law in Anglo-Saxon England Tom Lambert
and the Welsh March: The Application and Limits of Royal Patronage and Glyn Dwr’s Rebellion in South Wales, 1399–1405 Douglas Biggs
Commemorating the Battle of Harlaw (1411) in Fifteenth-Century Scotland Stephen Boardman
Spies and Intelligence in Scotland, c. 1530–1550 Amy Blakeway
Part 2: Crossing Lines: Gender and Social Status
Participation in National Politics: Evidence Provided by Fifteenth-Century Parliamentary Election Returns from the County of Huntingdonshire Anne R. DeWindt
Pleading the Belly: A Sparing Plea? Pregnant Convicts and the Courts in Medieval England Sara M. Butler
Catching Fire: Arson, Rough Justice and Gender in Scotland, 1493–1542 Chelsea Hartlen
Negotiating the Economy: Gender, Status, and Debt Litigation in the Burgh Courts of Early Modern Scotland Cathryn R. Spence
Part 3: Policing Boundaries: Jurisdiction and Disorder
The Ritualistic Importance of Gallows in Thirteenth-Century England Kenneth F. Duggan
Liberties of London: Social Networks, Sexual Disorder, and Independent Jurisdiction in the Late Medieval English Metropolis Shannon McSheffrey
Crossing Borders and Boundaries: The Use of Banishment in Sixteenth-Century Scottish Towns Elizabeth Ewan
Marks of Division: Cross-Border Remand after 1603 and the Case of Lord Sanquhar K.J. Kesselring
Scholars interested in the history of marches and marginality, border studies, and issues of jurisdiction in medieval and early modern Britain.