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Outlawry, Governance, and Law in Medieval England


Melissa Sartore

Outlawry, Governance, and Law in Medieval England evaluates the role of exclusionary practices, namely outlawry, in law and governance in England from the tenth through the thirteenth centuries. Traditional historical narratives dismiss exile, outlawry, and banishment as ineffective and weak methods of maintaining social order. More specifically, the pres¬ent volume reassesses these forms of exclusion in matters of politics, law, and society, as well as their influence on increased use of imprisonment in later medieval England. Outlawry, Governance, and Law in Medieval England is essential reading for scholars working in this field but is also highly recommended as a text for courses that assess medieval law and the practice of outlawry as well as the development of English Common Law.


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Chapter 1: Outlaws, outlawry, and the complexities of language and practice 7 Chapter 2: Outlawry, exile, and banishment in Anglo-Saxon Eng- land 19 Chapter 3: Outlawry, exile, and imprisonment in Norman and Anglo-Norman governance and law 41 Chapter 4: Outlawry, kingship and legal reform during the reign of Henry II 77 Chapter 5: Outlawry, abjuration, and imprisonment up to the per- sonal rule of Henry III 105 Chapter 6: Henry III and the customs, laws, and politics of out- lawry and imprisonment during the thirteenth century 137 Chapter 7: Edwardian legislation, the end of the eyre, and the po- sition of outlawry at the end of the thirteenth century 177 Chapter 8: Reassessing outlawry in governance and law in medi- eval England 211 Index 229 Bibliography 235

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