The Society for Court Studies was founded in London in September 1995 with the aim of stimulating and co-ordinating the study of courts from 1400 to the present. Membership is open to interested scholars and students from any country and to those from related disciplines (for example military history, art history or music history). Seminars are held three times a term in central London and the Society organises two conferences a year in the UK. If you wish to join the Society, please contact The Membership Administrator, The Society for Court Studies, BM Box 2067, London WC1N 3XX, UK or e-mail:

In September 1998 the Society was established in North America, where it has a separate programme of seminars and conferences. Contact: The Society for Court Studies, Professor Malcolm Smuts, 247 South Main Street, Sharon, MA 02067, USA or e-mail:

The website for the Society can be found at:


The Society’s journal, The Court Historian, is published twice a year and is edited by Jonathan Spangler, who welcomes and encourages items of interest, including footnoted articles, notices of court items for Saleroom News, new releases of compact discs, dates and locations of relevant exhibitions and conferences, and items for the Bibliography. If you wish to contribute, you can e-mail Jonathan Spangler on

Contributors are asked to adhere to The Court Historian house style. The journal’s Style Sheet can be found at (click on ‘Journal’ and then on the link under ‘Style Sheet’).

Back copies of past issues can be ordered at a cost of £12 per issue (UK) and £15 per issue (overseas), or £550 (£650 overseas) for a complete set, including postage and packing, by emailing or by writing to: The Society for Court Studies, BM Box 2067, London WC1N 3XX. A leaflet listing the contents of previous issues and the prices can be viewed in PDF format at the Society’s website and printed off if required (an order form is included).


At a meeting held at Kenwood House, London in July 2007 attended by Luc Duerloo, Marcello Fantoni, Chantal Grell, Philip Mansel, Gérard Sabatier, Béatrix Saule, Malcolm Smuts Simon Thurley and Mathieu da Vinha, the decision was taken to establish the Court Studies Forum. The Forum, which links the Society for Court Studies, the Centro Studi Europa delle Corti, the Centre de Recherche du Château de Versailles, Centro Studi Reggia di Venaria Reale and La Corte en Europa Institute of the Independent University of Madrid, encourages collaboration and the exchange of information, and organises publications and conferences. The Court Studies Forum believes that the court is one of the most important trans-national and trans-confessional institutions ever created in Europe. Courts are essential for creating a European history.
For further information please contact Marcello Fantoni, e-mail: