Captivity and Imprisonment in Medieval Europe, 1000-1300

Captivity and Imprisonment in Medieval Europe, 1000-1300


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Captivity and Imprisonment in Medieval Europe, 1000-1300 by J. Dunbabin

Medieval imprisonment was not normally punitive. Instead, it was intended as a method of coercion, to exort ransom or revenge from a fellow aristocrat, to discipline members of a household or to remove a dangerous opponent. Also, as Dunbabin's interesting study makes clear, forms of captivity could vary to an extraordinary degree. This scholarly yet accessible study draws on a wide range of sources to examine places of imprisonment, including castle dungeons, luxurious towers and private houses, the types of custodian one could expect, living conditions, punishments, ecclesiastical imprisonment and the means by which a prisoner could be released. The study is illustrated throughout with examples of well-known or notorious imprisonments and prisoners, including Richard I, as well as many less well known cases.

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ISBN-13: 9780333647141
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 03/28/2003
Series: Medieval Culture and Society Series , #14286
Edition description: 2002
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.01(d)

About the Author

Jean Dunbabin is Reader in Medieval History, St. Anne's College, Oxford.

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