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From England to France: Felony and Exile in the High Middle Ages

William Chester Jordan


At the height of the Middle Ages, a peculiar system of perpetual exile— or abjuration—flourished in western Europe. It was a judicial form of exile, not political or religious, and it was meted out to felons for crimes deserving of severe corporal punishment or death. This book explores the lives of these men and women who were condemned to abjure the English realm, and draws on their unique experiences to shed light on a medieval legal tradition until now very poorly understood. The book weaves an historical tapestry, examining the judicial and administrative processes that led to the abjurat ... More

Keywords: perpetual exile, Middle Ages, abjuration, criminal, corporal punishment, medieval legal tradition, English exile, felons, medieval English law, Hundred Years' War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780691164953
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691164953.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Chester Jordan, author
Princeton University