Medieval Underworld

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In medieval times there existed an insistence on conformity which bordered on the obsessive. This account explores those times from the viewpoint of the men and women who were seen to be on the margins of society - who either would not, or could not, conform to the conventions of their era. The activities of outlaws, brigands, homosexuals, heretics, witches, Jews, prostitutes, thieves, vagabonds and other 'transgressors' are detailed here, as are the punishments - often barbarously savage - which were meted out ...
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In medieval times there existed an insistence on conformity which bordered on the obsessive. This account explores those times from the viewpoint of the men and women who were seen to be on the margins of society - who either would not, or could not, conform to the conventions of their era. The activities of outlaws, brigands, homosexuals, heretics, witches, Jews, prostitutes, thieves, vagabonds and other 'transgressors' are detailed here, as are the punishments - often barbarously savage - which were meted out to them by State and Church. Full of fascinating and unusual characters and facts which greatly enhance our view of the Middle Ages, The Medieval Underworld will enthral anyone interested in medieval social history or the history of crime and punishment.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780880297141
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/1/1991
  • Pages: 319
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Table of Contents

The Middle Ages 11
Church, state and sin 19
Crime and punishment 41
Bandits, freebooters and outlaws 82
Richman, poorman, beggarman, thieves 133
Prostitutes 179
Homosexuals 190
Heretics 210
Sorcerers and witches 238
Jews 259
Hell 285
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