Sanctuary Seekers in Medieval England

Two resources present open-access research as companions to my book, Seeking Sanctuary: Crime, Mercy, and Politics in English Courts, 1400-1550 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017).  In the website Sanctuary Seekers in England, 1394-1557, the cases of over four hundred people who sought asylum in English churches in the 14th and 15th centuries are discussed. Information about all the instances of sanctuary seeking I’ve uncovered between the 1380s and the 1550s (more than 1800 seekers altogether) are presented in a Google Spreadsheet.

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.

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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