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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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The Journey Begins

The Journey Begins

(p.58) Chapter 3 The Journey Begins
From England to France

William Chester Jordan

Princeton University Press

This chapter details the journey of abjurers to their ports of embarkation. Abjurations of the realm occurred throughout the kingdom, and residents of some populous localities, such as London or Bristol, could expect to see them and to hear of them far more often than elsewhere. But in most towns, even county seats, and in any and every village, to witness an abjuration was unusual; it was an event. The abjurer received a public shaming, and at the rarest times this rite even included the torching of an abjurer's home. The evidence is ambivalent on whether abjurers chose their place of departure, had it imposed on them by crown authorities, or were, either by choice or assignment, encouraged to accept the port.

Keywords:   exile, abjuration, abjurers, England, port, public shaming, punishment

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