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Reading Group: Interpreting Literature, Law, and Constitution (I)

Tuesday 6 October, 12:30-2 pm
Old Seminar Room, 71 South Street, School of History

The first CMEMLL Reading Group and the first meeting of the Institute of Legal And Constitutional Research will take place next Tuesday lunchtime (6th October). We’ll meet in the Old Seminar Room on the first floor of 71 South Street at 12.30pm for a sandwich lunch, with the Reading Group on ‘Interpreting Literature, Law, and Constitution (I)’ starting soon after 1pm and finishing in time for people to teach at 2pm.

The Reading Group will involve an introduction by John Hudson and Lorna Hutson followed by discussion on the theme of ‘Literature, Law and Constitution’.

The background reading is Chapter 1 of Christopher Warren, Literature and the Law of Nations, 1580-1680 (Oxford: OUP, 2015), available at:


We look forward to seeing you there.


Reading Group: Alibis of Empire

Tuesday 17 February, 1 – 2 pm
Garden Seminar Room, Kennedy Hall, School of English 

John Hudson, Professor of Legal History at the University of St Andrews, will lead a reading group on Karuna Mantena’s Alibis of Empire: Henry Maine and the Ends of Liberal Imperialism (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010).

The texts for this reading group are:

Professor Hudson’s research interests began with law and land-holding in twelfth-century England, and this subject has remained central to much of his subsequent work, leading up to his recent volume of The Oxford History of the Laws of England, 871-1216 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012).  Some of his legal history work plays with the applicability to mediaeval situations of ideas from modern legal theory; this work is furthered by his visiting association with the University of Michigan Law School, where he enjoys the title of William W. Cook Global Law Professor. He has two other main areas of research interest –  one is mediaeval historical writing, mostly in England, and the other is nineteenth-century writing on the Middle Ages, and in particular the work of the greatest of legal historians, F. W. Maitland.


Reading Group: Early Career and Postgraduate Research

Dr Rachel E. Holmes, Will Eves, Doyeeta Majumder

Tuesday 16 September, 2014, 1-2 pm
Stephen Boyd Room, Kennedy Hall, School of English

Rachel E. Holmes, Will Eves, and Doyeeta Majumder will each give a 5-minute presentation on their current research, which will be followed by questions and group discussion.

Dr Holmes is an Early Career Researcher and Assistant to the Directors of the Centre for Mediaeval and Early Modern Law and Literature (CMEMLL).  She works comparatively in law and literature, and is interested in areas of friction between secular and ecclesiastical jurisdictions in the early modern period, and related anxieties about sexual contracts.  She is currently working on a monograph proposal based on her AHRC funded Ph.D. thesis,Casos de Honra: Honouring Clandestine Contracts and Italian Novelle in Early Modern English and Spanish Drama, supervised by Professor Lorna Hutson.

Will Eves has a background in law, graduating from the University of Warwick with an LL.B (first class hons.) in 2006 and an LL.M (with distinction) in 2007. After working in an employment law firm for a short time he decided to change direction and dive into the somewhat hazier, but much more intriguing, world of medieval law. He came to St Andrews in 2011 for the M.Litt in medieval history and is now working on an AHRC funded Ph.D. thesis entitled The Assize of Mort d’Ancestor in the Late Twelfth and Early Thirteenth Centuries, supervised by Professor John Hudson.

Doyeeta Majumder obtained her B.A. (2008) and M.A. (2010) in English Literature from Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India. She started her Ph.D. entitled ‘The ‘New Prince’ and the Problem of ‘Lawmaking’ Violence in Early Modern Drama’ in September 2011, under the supervision of Professor Lorna Hutson. Her research interest lies primarily in Early Modern notions of sovereignty, tyranny and usurpation as they manifest themselves in drama and in juridico-political treatises.

Short excerpts of reading material may be circulated in advance of the session.