8th International Symposium on Medieval and Early Modern Culture Program

Crime and Punishment in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Age

University of Arizona, Tucson, Thursday, May 6-9, 2010
Organized by Albrecht Classen, Dept. of German Studies

Location: Conference Room of Special Collections, University of Arizona Main Library

Registration: $80.  Students and other attendees in the audience: $15/day. (Members of UAMARRC free to attend during the day, but for each of the evening meals there is a charge of $20.)

THURSDAY, May 6, 7-9 p.m. RECEPTION (Hosted by UA), Riverpark Inn, 350 S. Freeway, next to Interstate 10, south of St. Mary’s Rd. (hospitality room, a suite, no. 134) – feel free to drop in and to stay until 9 p.m., but the room will be a suite where one of the participants is staying, so we should not impose ourselves for too long after 9 p.m. Connie Scarborough can decide on the house policy herself. Thanks for hosting these events, Connie!

FRIDAY, May 7:

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE: Each Speaker will have twenty minutes for the talk, and ten minutes for discussions, but not more than thirty minutes in total.

8:30 a.m. Pick-up at the hotel. Please be punctuallyin the lobby.

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION: 9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Albrecht Classen (University of Arizona):
Special Collections, Main Library

Chair: Albrecht Classen

(not attending: Andrew Holt, University of Florida: Crime and Punishment During the Crusades: the Need for Moral Purity)

9:15-9:45 a.m.:

Bernard Ribémont, Université d’Orléans, Le crime épique et sa punition (XIIe-XIIIe siècles)

9:45 – 10:15 a.m.:

Susanna Niiranen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland: Troubadours – poètes maudits?

10:15-10:30 a.m.: Coffee/Tea Break: Hosted by UA

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.:

Christopher R. Clason, Oakland University, MI:  The Law, Letter and Spirit: Language, Transgression and Justice in Three Medieval German Epic Poems

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.:

Stacey Hahn, Oakland University, MI: Crime, Punishment and the Hybrid in Medieval French Romance


11:30 a. m. – 12:00 p.m.

Scott L. Taylor (Pima Community College):  Judicium Dei, vulgaris popularisque sensus:  Survival of Customary Justice and Resistance to its Displacement by the “New” Ordines iudiciorum as Evidenced by Francophonic Literature of the High Middle Ages


12:00 -1:15 p.m. Lunch: Special Collections, UA Library:  Hosted by UA


1:15 – 1:45 p.m.:

Albrecht Classen, The University of Arizona: Criminal Minds, Lack of Justice, Perpetration, and Transgression:
The Cases of Heinrich der Glichezare’s Reinhard Fuchs and Wernher the Gardener’s Helmbrecht

1:45 – 2:15 p.m.:

Aileen A. Feng, The University of Arizona: “La matta bestialità”: The Crime of Gender in Boccaccio’s Decameron


2:15 – 2:45 p.m.:

John Gough, New York University: Pain: Suffering, Agony, and Death in the Works of François Villon


2:45 – 3:15 p.m.:

Jean E. Jost, Dept of English Bradley University Peoria, IL 61625: Retribution in Gamelyn: A Case in the Courts


3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Coffee Break: Hosted by UA

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.:

Jolanta N. Komornicka, Boston University: The Elevation of Crime: Lèse-majesté in Fourteenth-Century France


4:00 – 4:30 p.m.:

Daniel F. Pigg, The University of Tennessee at Martin: Does the Punishment Fit the Crime?: Chaucer’s Physician’s Tale and
the Worlds of Judgment

4:30 – 5:00 p.m.:

Connie L. Scarborough, Texas Tech University: Women as Victims and Criminals in Las Siete Partidas


5:00-5:45 p.m.: Tour of the campus

5:45 p.m.: Transportation to downtown restaurant La Cocina (Old Town Artisan complex), 201 N. Court Ave (520 – 622-0351)

6:15-7:30  p.m.: Dinner: Hosted by UA:

Shuttle back to the hotel at 7:30 p.m.

Reception: Riverpark Inn, Hospitality Room 134: 7:45 – 9:45 p.m. Hosted by UA


8:30 a.m. Pick-up at the hotel (please be punctual)

9:00-9:30 a.m.:

Cecilia Maria Ruiz, University of San Diego:  Sin, Crime and Punishment in Count Lucanor by Don Juan Manuel


9:30-10:00 a.m.:

Rosa A. Perez, Southern Utah University: “plusieurs horribles et abhominables fais”: The Condemnation and

Fall of Hugues Aubriot, the Provost of Paris



10:00-10:30 a.m.:

Patricia Turning, Tempe, Arizona State University: Entrusted with the Key: Jailers and Prison Guards in the Later Middle Ages



 10:30-10:45 a.m. Coffee/Tea Break

10:45 – 11:15 a.m.:

Birgit Wiedl (Institut für jüdische Geschichte Österreichs, St. Pölten, Austria): The Host on the Doorstep: Perpetrators, Victims, and Bystanders in an Alleged Host Desecration in Fourteenth-Century Austria

 11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.:

Lia Ross , University of New Mexico: Deviancy in the Late Middle Ages: The Crimes and Punishment of Gilles the Rais


11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.:


John Beusterien, Texas Tech: The Spectacle of the Human Head: Punishment in La Celestina



12:15 a.m. -1:15 p.m.: Lunch (Hosted by UA) – Special Collections, Library


1:15 – 1:45 p.m.:

Kathleen M. Llewellyn, Saint Louis University: Equal Opportunity Vengeance in the Heptaméron of Marguerite de Navarre

1:45 p.m. -2:15 p.m.:

Nicolas LOMBART, Université d’Orléans, France: Crimes et châtiments d’exception en France au temps des Guerres de Religion: La notion de justice expéditive dans les Commentaires de Monluc

2:15 -2:45 p.m.:

Jessica Tvordi, Southern Utah University: Constructing the Early Modern Criminal through Suetonius: The Cases of Buckingham and Castlehaven



2:45-3:00 p.m.: Coffee/Tea Break


3:00-3:30 p.m.: 

Tom Willard, University of Arizona: “Pimping for the Fairy Queen: Some English Scammers and Their Just Desserts


3:30 – 4:00 p.m.:

Denis Bjaï, Université d’ Orléans: En la justice même, tout ce qui est au-delà de la mort simple me semble pure cruauté (Essais, II, 11): Réflexions de Montaigne sur le châtiment des criminels


 4:00-4:30 p.m.:

Allison P. Coudert, UC Davis: The Ultimate Crime: Cannibalism in Early Modern Minds and Imaginations

4:30-5:00 p.m.

Evelyne Luef, University of Vienna, Austria, Department of History/University of Umeå, Sweden, Department of History:
Punishment Post Mortem – Suicide in Early Modern Austria and Sweden


5:15 p.m.: Dinner in Student Union, Ventana Room (4th Fl., western wing)

7:00 p.m.: Transportation back to the Hotel

7:30-10:00 p.m. Reception, Riverpark Inn, Hospitality Suite 134. Hosted by UA

8:30 p.m.: Roundtable Discussion: What have we achieved? Where do we go from here?

Preparation for publication

Sunday, May 9:

Excursion to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (http://www.desertmuseum.org/about/): $13.00 entrance fee on your own

Pick-up at the hotel: 8:15 a.m. (limit of max. 14 people), Shuttle operated by hotel (no charge)

For others, I would like to offer a short excursion to the historical mission church San Xavier del Bac (ca. 1790). Pick-up at

ca. 9:15 a.m., return to the hotel at ca. 11:00 a.m. (no charge)

Pick-up at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum at ca. 11:30 a.m., back to the hotel at ca. 12 p.m. (can be extended)

We wish to acknowledge the generous support of the following sponsors: the University of Arizona Library and Department of Special Collections, the University of Arizona Medieval Renaissance and Reformation Committee (UAMARRC), the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS, at Arizona State University, Tempe), the UA Departments of German Studies, Spanish and Portuguese