Dr Sarah White

Lecturer in Medieval History 1100 - 1500


My research looks at the intersection of law and religion. I study this primarily through the works of the canon lawyers of twelfth- and thirteenth-century England and how these writers achieved practical solutions for the problems of their day by using the increasingly specialised legal knowledge. My forthcoming book argues that court procedure, based on Roman law and tempered by the canonists, became a guiding force and vehicle for argument in dispute resolution. My upcoming research is an interdisciplinary project examining the school of the Anglo-Norman canonists to bring a new perspective to the church/state debate, challenging the assumed divides between law and theology and providing a more accurate view of the medieval underpinnings of the relationship between secular and religious authority. This research explores how interconnected different legal traditions were in solving disputes on local to international levels and how these writers made sense of the world during periods of rapid change.

Thomas Wolf c. Richard de Abingdon, 1293-1295: a case study of legal argument
White, S.B. 31/01/2020 In: The Journal of Ecclesiastical History. 71, 1, p. 40-58. 19 p.
Journal article

Bruce C. Brasington, Order in the Court: Medieval Procedural Treatises in Translation (Leiden: Brill, 2016). Pp. xxviii, 329. Hardback €140. ISBN: 978-9-0042-1434-7
White, S.B. 2017 In: The Medieval Journal. 7, 1, 4 p.
Book/Film/Article review