Municipal Officials, Their Public, and the Negotiation of Justice in Medieval Languedoc
In Municipal Officials, Their Public, and the Negotiation of Justice in Medieval Languedoc, Turning examines the public’s role in shaping municipal policies through demonstrations in the city streets or through their contact with local administrators in fourteenth-century Toulouse. The text explores police brutality, town and gown rows, explosive neighborhood disputes, and communal demands for public punishments, all of which were a way residents could engage and participate in their local judicial system. The book contextualizes this interaction to the era after the French king conquered the city, and began his efforts to integrate the region into the royal domain. Turning argues that this process of assimilation was only complete after officials and the urban public tested and negotiated the transition in everyday life.