Your oratrice: Women’s petitions to the late medieval court of chancery

Cordelia Beattie*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The Chancery bill of Humphrey and Johanne Bawde tells a compelling story because of its verisimilitude: its vivid, apparently authentic detail. However, we must be careful not to read it as a transparent account of events that takes place in Johanne’s life. Yet, if we pay attention to common form of Chancery bills, their structure and language, they can sometimes find fissures in their careful crafting. This essay argues that this Chancery bill includes reported speech.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWomen, Agency and the Law, 1300-1700
EditorsBronach Kane, Fiona Williamson
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781317320029
ISBN (Print)9781848933842, 9781138662179
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2013

Publication series

Name"The Body, Gender and Culture"


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