Crime, Law and Society in the Later Middle Ages
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Medieval England was no stranger to crime, and punishments were harsh, from flogging and the stocks to hanging, drawing and quartering. This accessible collection of translated source material goes beyond the sensational to examine the legal framework of English justice between c.1215 and 1485. It takes the reader though the stages of prosecution, trial and punishment, provides vignettes of both heinous and petty crimes, outlines the ethical responsibilities of judges and officials, and describes extra-judicial methods of settling disputes.