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From England to FranceFelony and Exile in the High Middle Ages$
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William Chester Jordan

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691164953

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691164953.001.0001

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From England to France

William Chester Jordan

Princeton University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the different types of people living in England who to travelled to France in the period 1180 to the mid-fourteenth century. Many English visitors to France were, by and large, welcome guests. However, there were four principal categories of less desirable English sojourners in France. These include political exiles, demobilized troops, pariah groups, and the focus of the present study: those sent into exile because of their alleged association with serious criminal activities in England. Exile impoverished not only those who departed the realm, but also their spouses, children, and other kin. It forever divided families from their criminal kinfolk, at least in the English case. The system demanded and justified horrendous punishments for those who submitted to it if they later illegally tried to thwart it.

Keywords:   exile, abjuration, France, England

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