Dr Marios Costambeys Seminar

Migrants, law and jurisdiction in early medieval Italy

1:30pm - 3:00pm / Wednesday 16th March 2022 / Venue: Lecture Theatre 5 Rendall Building
Type: Seminar / Category: Research / Series: History Seminar Series
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Speaker: Dr Marios Costambeys
Most historiography to date places in the late eighth and early ninth centuries the creation of what is sometimes called ‘The Republic of St Peter’, later the ‘Papal State(s)’, across a swathe of central Italy. The single document I will consider here problematizes that idea. In doing so, it raises fundamental questions both about legal attitudes to migrants in the overlapping legal traditions of post-Roman Europe and about the problems raised by the often arcane evidence of this formative period.