The Medieval era in England and Wales was one of vibrant culture, but it was also one of violence and disorder. On this course we will examine the legal process of Outlawry through the lives of specific individuals, some of whom became legendary, even mythological figures due to the bards and romantic scribes of the day. We will meet a variety of characters and ask the following questions:
· What exactly was Outlawry? An overview
· Why were these individuals outlawed?
· What was the life of an outlaw like?
· Was it possible to be pardoned, and if so, why and how?
· Why did some outlaws become legendary, whilst others faded into obscurity?
· The role of bardic culture in the recording of outlaw tales
Examples of outlaws discussed includes Humfry Kynaston, Fulk le Fitzwarin, and the Red Bandits of Mawddwy – and the ever-popular mythological figure, Robin Hood. All the case studies will be set against the backdrop of the times, with all its feuding, uncertainty and power struggles.
The tutor, Gill Rossini, is best known for her work on social history from 1700, but is originally a Medieval historian by training. With this course she returns to her first love, and is looking forward very much to sharing her passion for all things Medieval with a new audience.