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Dr Matthew McHaffie

Dr Matthew McHaffie

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

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Matthew McHaffie joined the department in September 2014 as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow. Originally born and raised in Victoria, B.C. (Canada), Matthew obtained his B.A. in joint history/medieval studies (2008), before moving to St Andrews for his postgraduate work. He wrote his PhD dissertation on lordship and landholding in eleventh-century Anjou under the supervision of Professor John Hudson (2013).

Research interests
  • Legal History (10th to 13th centuries)
  • Power and Lordship
  • Medieval France
  • Charters
  • Comparative History

Dr McHaffie specialises in the history of legal practice in northern France (c.950 to c.1250). His postdoctoral research explores the functioning and roles of seigneurial courts in eleventh- and twelfth-century northwestern France. This project examines the interaction between power and law, focussing on questions such as how lords used courts to exercise power, and in what ways was the exercise of seigneurial power limited by the court? Developing from this is broader interest in the nature of customary law, the ways in which custom develops, and the relationship between courts and custom. 

Selected Publications
  • Matthew McHaffie, ‘Bad customs and good lordship: disputing in Anjou, c.987-c.1150’, in Law and Disputing in the Middle Ages. Proceedings of the Ninth Carlsberg Academy Conference on Medieval Legal History 2012, eds., P. Andersen, K. Salonen, H. Møller Sigh and H. Vogt (Copenhagen, 2013), pp. 73-91.
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