Nájera. 16th International Meetings of the Middle Ages

Jesús Ángel Solórzano-Telechea's picture
November 28, 2019 to November 29, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Atlantic History / Studies, European History / Studies, Law and Legal History, Maritime History / Studies, Medieval and Byzantine History / Studies


This annual Conference seek to provide an interdisciplinary and international forum for the discussion of all aspects of medieval studies since 2003. Each congress has one particular special themathic strand on an area of interdisciplinary study in a wider context. The topic of this year is about: Law and Authority in the Medieval Atlantic city (and beyond)

Much of the sophistication of the late medieval public sphere at both the state as the local level came from legal practice, and the discourse that it generated. In the period between 1250 and 1550, rapid changes within the juridical and political history of communities took place. More law was written down, and more new law was made. More people went to public courts, and far more judgments were written down. While the juridical power of lords, kings, and emperors has already abundantly been studied, a systematic comparison of urban law and legal practices across Europe has not yet been undertaken. Townspeople (both the elite as well as the less powerful inhabitants) were coming to be involved in the arena of written law, everywhere, which in itself tied them into the political networks of the town. Even if this participation was not always willing, and took place in contexts of subjection and contention, the legal world was touching everyone by the later Middle Ages. Furthermore, political thinking about legal practices and the government of towns was increasingly written down by lawyers and secular clerks, sometimes resulting in the production of treatises on 'how cities should be governed'.

The growing production of texts in the later medieval towns (verdicts, agreements, ordinances, treatises, and legal records) enables historians to study the political history of law within an urban context. Therefore we invite speakers to think about the following questions. Who took the initiative to make law in the medieval town? Perhaps more than we think, the political interaction between townspeople rather than the personal opinions of urban rulers seems to have been responsible for the creation of new rules in towns. Which ideas did motivate townspeople to participate in the law making process? Where did the authority of law makers come from? Their political power gave urban magistrates the right to promulgate town ordinances, but one wonders which kind of principles lay on the basis of their active engagement to do so. Why did people increasingly go to court to settle conflicts? Why were these settlements written down? Town magistrates created archives and 'written memories' of legal practices, but one wonders what motivated them to do so. Such questions can only be answered by studying both the political as well as the legal history of towns. As a result, this conference wants to unite historians combining both aspects in their work.



9.30 h. Inauguración oficial / Opening

jesús ángel solórzano telechea (Universidad de Cantabria) & jelle haemers (KU Leuven) Presentación / Introduction



Presidente sesión / Session Chair: Jelle Haemers

10.00 h. Jesús Ángel Solórzano Telechea (Universidad de Cantabria) Las cofradías en la gobernanza urbana del norte peninsular en la Baja Edad Media


10.20 h. José Damián González Arce (Universidad de Murcia) Autoridad monárquica y armonización de la normativa fiscal. Reordenación de los aranceles de almojarifazgo y portazgo en la Andalucía atlántica y de interior por los Reyes Católicos


10.40 h. Jackson Armstrong (University of Aberdeen) Arbitration in an urban context: the evidence from local courts in late medieval Scotland


Pausa-Café / Coffee break


Visita / guided visit to the Monastery of Santa María La Real de Nájera


11.50 h. Sarah Rees Jones (University of York) ‘British Library Harley MS 1808: contrasting images of authority and law in England’s cities,  c. 1405


12.10 h.  Ester Zoomer (University of Amsterdam) ‘Authority, agency and legal representation. The London Kontor and Hanseatic social-political actors involved in early chancery proceedings, c.1368-1515’


12.30 h. Anna Boeles Rowland (KU Leuven) Exchanged, Broken and Bent: the Use of Coins in Late Medieval Marriage Making


Debate /Roundtable discussion



Presidente sesión / Session Chair: Jesús Ángel Solórzano Telechea


16.00 h. Roman Czaja and Anna Maleszka (University Nicolaus Copernicus in Torun) Law, legislation and social impact as three factors shaping the political order of urban communes in Prussia and Ireland (13th-15th)


16.20 h. Jesús A. de Inés Serrano (Universidad de Cantabria) El puerto de San Martín de la Arena en la década de 1430: el conflicto entre la villa de Santander y el Señor de la Vega


16.40 h. Jörg Rogge (Johannes Gutenberg Universität) Law, political culture and communication in late medieval German towns


17.00 h. Stephan Dusil  (Universität Tübingen) Legal transplants between late medieval towns? Reflections on town law families and historiographical challenges


Debate / Roundtable discussion

Presidente sesión / Session Chair: José Damián González Arce


17.40 h. Gisela Naegle (Justus-Liebig-Universität, Giessen) Judgements of Experts and voices of Legislators: the Rôles d’Oléron viewed and reviewed by Sailors, Merchants, Councils and Princes


18.00 h. María Álvarez Fernández (Universidad de Oviedo), Fernando Martín Pérez (Universidad de Cantabria)  Legislar un conflicto compartido. Problemas jurisdiccionales en la frontera norte entre León y Castilla


18.20 h. Jesús Manuel García Ayoso (Universidad de Málaga) Gobierno, negociación y legislación señorial en la villa de El Puerto de Santa María (siglos XV-XVI)


18.40 h. Adailson José Rui (Universidad Federal de Alfenas. Brasil) La justicia del rey: tensiones entre el Cabildo y el Consejo de Santiago de Compostela durante el reinado de Alfonso X el Sabio


Debate /Roundtable discussion



Presidente sesión/ Session Chair: María Álvarez Fernandez


9.30 h. Germán Navarro Espinach (Universidad de Zaragoza) Portugal mediterráneo. Comercio y piratería en el siglo XV


9.50 h. iñaki bazán díaz (Universidad de País Vasco/Euskal Herriko 

unibertsitatea) Bilbao y su entramado jurídico-institucional a partir de 1487


10.10 h. David Napolitano (University of Leiden) Constructing a city of peace and justice. Promises and expectations of good government in the Mirrors-for-Magistrates


10.30 h. Minne De Boodt (KU Leuven) A polyphonic take on Justitia in the fifteenth-century county of Flanders


10.50 h. Mário Paulo Martins Viana (Universidade dos Açores. Portugal) Normativa municipal e organização política: os forais medievais portugueses


Debate / Roundtable discussion


Pausa-Café / Coffee break


Presidente sesión/ Session Chair: Iñaki Bazán Díaz


12.00 h. Janire Castrillo Casado (universidad del país vasco/ euskal herriko unibertsitatea) La reglamentación de las cofradías de oficios vascas. El lugar de las mujeres (XIV-XV)


12.20 h. Francisco Saulo Rodríguez Lajusticia y  Miriam Fernández-Pérez (universidad de Cantabria) Las poblaciones de la costa atlántica y su gobierno en la documentación real castellano-leonesa del siglo XIII


12.40 h. daniel ríos toledano (universidad de cádiz) La gestión de los puertos atlánticos andaluces a través de sus ordenanzas (siglos XV-XVI)


13.00 h. Paulo Jorge Cardoso de Sousa e Costa (Universidade do Porto) A “revolução” burguesa do Porto de 1316! Entre o senhorio episcopal e o senhorio régio


13.20 h. Inazio Conde Mendoza (Universidad de Cantabria) La actividad económica de las gentes de los puertos del Cantábrico peninsular en Valencia y Barcelona durante la segunda mitad del s. XV: una mirada a la década de 1480


Debate / Roundtable discussion


14.00 h. Jesús ángel Solórzano Telechea (Universidad de Cantabria) & Jelle Haemers (KU Leuven) Conclusiones / Conclusions


Clausura oficial / Closing

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Encuentros Internacionales del Medievo de Nájera

Jesús Ángel Solórzano Telechea

Universidad de Cantabria

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39005. Santander.  España / Spain

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