Scribes, Synods, and Sermons: Legal Diffusion and the Rise of Mass Expulsion in Late Medieval Europe
Fall 2017 Legal History Workshop
- Rowan Dorin
Assistant Professor of HistoryStanford University
In the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, mass expulsion emerged as a characteristic feature of European political practice. Among the targets of these expulsions were moneylenders (especially Jews and foreigners), whose supposedly usurious practices put them in the crosshairs of secular and ecclesiastical authorities alike. In this chapter, I examine how new legal norms concerning the banishment of usurers spread throughout western Europe. In particular, I explore how these norms were reimagined, rewritten, or resisted as they began to circulate outside of codified legal texts: in short, how the travels of law led to its transformation.
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