ABSTRACT

However, in this society the body in space drew attention in many di erent settings, and so the displayed body of the executed traitor was part of a much broader somatic geography.4 e bodies of the dead, whether saints or kings or

simply members of the elite, were o en posthumously divided and distributed to select locations.5 Th e Chronicle of Lanercost notes that in 1290 the entrails of Queen Eleanor were interred in the church at Lincoln, her body was buried at Westminster and Edward I personally handed the heart of his queen to the friars of London.6 is dead queen’s body, like that of many other members of the elite, was a form of currency in a feudal political economy: a means of patronage, divided and distributed for prayers in exchange for status.7 Yet the bodies of the dead sent other messages as well. Froissart reported that Edward I ordered his own body to be ‘boiled in a large cauldron until the esh be separated from the bones’ so that the bones could be carried on future campaigns against the Scots.8 And just as the body in death was used to mark in uence and authority, so, too, was the body in birth, which is why Edward I arranged for his son to born at Caernarfon not long a er he had brought the Welsh into submission.9 us, bodies in this society were divided in multiple settings, not all of which were judicial, and were then distributed with strategic purpose.