Sarah White

Dr Sarah White

 

BA Hons. (University of Victoria), MA Hons. (Centre for Mediaeval Studies, University of Toronto), PhD (St. And.)

 

 

Contact Details
E-mail: sbw@st-andrews.ac.uk
 
 

 


Current Research Interests

My research interests concern legal history, legal texts and court procedure. I obtained a BA Hons. in Medieval Studies at the University of Victoria, followed by an MA Hons. at the Centre for Mediaeval Studies at the University of Toronto. I then undertook a PhD in medieval legal history at the University of St Andrews, focusing on procedure and legal argument in the thirteenth-century ecclesiastical Court of Canterbury. I am also completing a diploma in manuscript studies at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies at the University of Toronto, with a focus on diplomatics and textual editing (funded by a Mellon Fellowship).
I am currently a research fellow at the University of St Andrews Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research, working on the European Research Council funded comparative legal history project: ‘Civil Law, Common Law, Customary Law: Consonance, Divergence and Transformation in Western Europe from the late eleventh to the thirteenth centuries.’ My research focuses on twelfth- and thirteenth-century procedural treatises, mainly Ordines iudiciarii and Ordines iudiciorum produced in England, and on ecclesiastical and Roman legal procedure more generally.
In addition to my work on medieval legal history, I am also interested in the creation and use of digital archives and editions. As part of my PhD research, I constructed the Canterbury Court Records project: an online database of manuscript images and transcriptions created in collaboration with the Canterbury Cathedral Archives, sponsored by the Institute for Legal and Constitutional Research (ILCR), the Association for Manuscripts and Research Collections in Archives (AMARC), and the Royal Historical Society (RHS). [https://arts.st-andrews.ac.uk/canterbury-records/]
I am also the translator and editorial assistant for The Wills of Medieval England, 1066-1300, an edition of all extant, complete wills from the period, with translations, in collaboration with Dr Timothy Haskett (University of Victoria). [Forthcoming publication by the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto]


Conference and Seminar Papers

Select Conference Papers:

  • “Arguments of Law in the Thirteenth-Century Court of Canterbury.” Presented at the British Legal History Conference, UCL, July 2017.
  • “Arguments of Law in the Thirteenth-Century Court of Canterbury.” Presented at the International Medieval Congress, Leeds, July 2017.
  • Ordines Iudiciarii and English Ecclesiastical Court Procedure.” Presented at the Law and Religion Workshop, Edinburgh, June 2017.
  • “Legal Sources and Litigation in the Thirteenth-Century Court of Canterbury.” Presented at the London Society for Medieval Studies, IHR, March 2017.
  • "Procedural Arguments in the Thirteenth-Century Court of Canterbury." Presented at the International Conference of Medieval Canon Law, Paris, July 2016.
  • "Witnesses and Legal Arguments in the Thirteenth-Century Court of Canterbury." Presented at the International Medieval Congress, Leeds, July 2016.
  • “Advocates and Legal Argument in the Thirteenth-century Court of Canterbury.” Presented at the Centre for English Legal History Seminar Series, March 2016.

 

Main Publications