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Caltech-Huntington Humanities Collaborations (CHHC) Seminar: Paul Hyams, Cornell University

Monday, February 12, 2018
4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Dabney Hall 110 (Treasure Room)
House, Hand, and the Wolf's Head: Anglo-Saxon England and the Western Legal Tradition
Paul Hyams, Professor Emeritus of History, Cornell University,

In this lecture, renowned legal historian Hyams reconsiders the origins of the Western legal tradition and the place of Anglo-Saxon law within that tradition. Tracing the routine course of Old English lawsuits for wrong, Hyams examines aspects of Old English law and legal culture, suggesting that, in England at least, historians of law may not have been making all the right assumptions about the approaches of the Anglo-Saxons to law and order.


About the series: The CHHC program is organized around an ongoing series of two-year interdisciplinary research modules, developed and coordinated by a small group of Caltech faculty members and Huntington residential research fellows. The 2016–2018 CHHC module, titled "Violence and Order Past and Present," studies the various roles that violence has played in political and social order, as well as the possible norms and cultural attitudes that have governed its use. Learn more at

For more information, please contact Fran Tise by phone at 626-395-3609 or by email at [email protected].