Our members have published work dealing with areas of law and history from medieval money-lending to conscientious objection.
Gwen Seabourne, Imprisoning Medieval Women (Farnham, 2011).
The non-judicial confinement of women is a common event in medieval European literature and hagiography. The literary image of the imprisoned woman, usually a noblewoman, has carried through into the quasi-medieval world of the fairy and folk tale, in which the 'maiden in the tower' is one of the archetypes. Yet the confinement of women outside of the judicial system was not simply a fiction in the medieval period. This study highlights the disparity in regulation concerning male and female imprisonment in the middle ages, and gives a useful perspective on the nature of medieval law, its scope and limitations, and its interaction with royal power and prerogative.
Catherine Kelly, War and the militarization of British Medicine, 1793-1830 (London, 2011)
During the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, British doctors travelled in unprecedented numbers to foreign locations where they were confronted with battlefield injuries, virulent and mysterious diseases, and complex military politics that few had encountered before. Drawing on rare manuscript sources, Kelly examines how nearly twenty-five years of sustained warfare affected the professional identity embraced by those doctors and thoroughly militarized their approach to medicine. This study demonstrates the emergence of the ‘military medical officer’ and places their work within the broader context of changes to British medicine during the first half of the nineteenth century.
I. Goold and C. Kelly (eds), The Legislature, the Courts and Medical Practice, 1760-2000 (Oxford, 20
This book investigates how the requirements, limitations and intellectual structure of the British legal process have shaped medicine and medical practice. The story of this inter-relationship is greatly under-researched, which is particularly concerning given that the legal system remains a significant and pervasive influence on medicine and its practice to this day. The question which unifies the series of historical studies presented here is whether legal consideration of medical practice and concepts has played a part in the construction of medical concepts and affected developments in medical practice - in other words how the external, legal gaze has shaped the way medicine itself conceptualises some of its practices and classifications.
Lois Bibbings, Telling Tales About Men: Conceptions of Conscientious Objectors to Military Service d
Telling Tales About Men breaks new ground in terms of research into conscientious objection and war resistance by focusing upon gender and, in particular, masculinities. It explores some of the ways in which conscientious objectors to compulsory military service were viewed and treated in England during the First World War. In doing so it considers these men's experiences, their beliefs, perceptions and actions.