Imprisoning Medieval Women: The Non-judicial Confinement and Abduction of Women in England, C.1170-1509

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2011 - History - 219 pages
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This study of the confinement of women highlights the disparity in regulation concerning male and female imprisonment in the middle ages, and gives a useful perspective on the nature of medieval law, its scope and limitations, and its interaction with royal power and prerogative. It examines situations in which women might be imprisoned without formal accusation of trial; how social status, national allegiance and stage of life affected the chances of imprisonment; the relevant legal rules and norms; the extent to which legal and constitutional developments in medieval England affected women's amenability to confinement; and how women were involved in situations of non-judicial imprisonment, aside from themselves being prisoners.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Maidens and Other Women in Towers
13
Legal Responses and their Limits
87
PART III Other Roles
163
Conclusion
187
Appendix Raptus
193
Select Bibliography
199
Index
215
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