Research

Hedley Sanctuary Seekers                                                           

 Sanctuary Seekers in England is a spreadsheet presenting all the instances of sanctuary-seeking in England that I have uncovered for the period 1380-1557, more than 1800 seekers altogether. It is a companion to my book, Seeking Sanctuary: Crime, Mercy, and Politics in English Courts, 1400-1550 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017).

Residents of St Martin Le Grand

Residents of St Martin le Grand is an Excel spreadsheet including details on all the records I have found for those living within the precinct of St Martin le Grand in the first half of the sixteenth century. The spreadsheet is an appendix to my article “Stranger Artisans and the London Sanctuary of St. Martin le Grand,” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 43:3 (2013): 545-71. http://spectrum.library.concordia.ca/977940/

Consistory bells

Consistory is a database featuring testimony offered in the main church court of the diocese of London, an ecclesiastical jurisdiction that included the medieval city of London itself and its rural hinterland of Essex, Middlesex, and parts of Hertfordshire.

The London Consistory court had wide jurisdiction over issues touching sacraments or “sin,” understood broadly — disputes concerning marriage, defamation, sexual offences, debt, the probate of wills, and clerical discipline were brought to this court for adjudication by the ecclesiastical judge. The testimony entered in the court’s records offers invaluable evidence for our understanding of many aspects of late medieval history, including marriage, sexuality, law, urban life, labour, credit, material culture, concepts of honour and reputation, literacy, the workings of the ecclesiastical court system, and religious beliefs and practice.

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