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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Community Course

Since 2013 we have supported a community course led by Durham University postgraduate and early career researchers.

Previous courses include 'Alchemy, Astronomy, Witchcraft and Magic, c. 500-1700 AD', and others have focussed on Durham in medieval and early modern society, ranging from literature and warfare to religion and rural society.

Lessons have included: Plague, Population and Protest, Reading Medieval Manuscripts, Stories of Durham and Rural Society in the Palatinate of Durham.

Places are limited and booking will close Monday 20 May 2019.

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MEMSA Community Course 2019 - Law and Order

COURSE VENUE: World Heritage Site Visitor Centre, 7 Owengate, Durham, DH1 3HB

TIME FOR ALL SESSIONS: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm


Lecture from 6.30 pm - 7.15 pm

Coffee from 7.15 pm - 7.30 pm

Followed by an Interactive Session from 7.30 pm - 8.30 pm




Wednesday 29 May 2019

The Role of Written Legislation in the Anglo-Saxon Legal System

Ingrid Ivarsen

Wednesday 5 June 2019

Performing Punishment and Self-Injury in the Late Middle Ages

Hope Doherty

Wednesday 12 June 2019

Swearing in the Middle Ages

Emily Reed

Wednesday 19 June 2019

Late Medieval Petitions to Kings and City Councils: Strategies, Narratives, Voices in Conflict

Lidia Zanetti Domingues

Wednesday 26 June 2019

Women, Art, Power: Juana Manuel – Queen of Castile (r.1369-1379)

April Armstrong-Bascombe

Wednesday 3 July 2019

The Problematic Legal Status of the Widow: Hamlet and The Duchess of Malfi

Kate Foy

Wednesday 10 July 2018

The Manor Court in Medieval and Early Modern England

Richard Gilbert

Wednesday 17 July 2018

Avoiding the Law in Early Modern England: Mediation and Arbitration of Disputes

Dominic Birch

“We would like to offer our combined specialised expertise and would love to receive in return new perspectives on problems which we deal with on a day-to-day basis from your own knowledge and experience.”

Postgraduate student course tutors

“It was great to meet and listen to Durham students, who were all enthusiastic. Tutors were energetic and able to impart knowledge easily and in an interesting manner.”

Community Course student

“This course has been excellent. The material was well considered and well structured. It was delivered by tutors who conveyed their knowledge and enthusiasm to the participants.”

Community Course student