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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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Life among Strangers

Life among Strangers

(p.81) Chapter 4 Life among Strangers
From England to France

William Chester Jordan

Princeton University Press

This chapter focuses on the village of Wissant in France, which was, until the mid-fourteenth century, a critical link in maintaining regular contact between England and the continent. It was an emporium, with ties to cloth towns such as Ypres. It was also a staging point for troops needing naval transport. The village, because of its importance, was home to an English agent and his staff who represented and tried to protect their countrymen's interests there. English abjurers who arrived in Wissant were in an already-weakened state of health from the character of their travel to Dover, bareheaded, barefooted, and unsheltered along the way. For those who were delayed by weather or local political conditions in boarding ship and thus had to bear the additional burden, of incarceration in Dover and the ritual of entering the sea before embarking, the situation was even worse.

Keywords:   Wissant, France, French village, exile, abjuration, England

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