Pen & Sword Books 2020 Chapter 7 Have you ever wondered what a medieval trial was like? Have you ever wondered if the stereotype of the corrupt sheriff was real? If you've ever seen or read historical fiction where someone is framed or is facing a trial where the elites are clearly not going to… Continue reading Medieval Murder ~ Justice, Law Enforcement and Cross-County Networks
Pen & Sword Books 2020 Chapter 6 CW: discussions of domestic abuse, abuses of power in husband/wife and master/servant relationships, sexual assault This chapter explores the semantic differences between revenge and vengeance, and looks at whether motives can be found that fit either definition. Revenge: to take revenge is to inflict hurt or harm on… Continue reading Medieval Murder ~ Communal Revenge or Communal Vengeance?
Pen & Sword Books 2020 Chapter 5 CW: discussion of domestic violence and sexual assault This chapter explores the motives of love/lust/jealousy, not only from the perspective of Lady Maud as the wife with one or more other lovers involved in the conspiracy to murder her husband, but from the perspective of the other figures… Continue reading Medieval Murder ~ Motive: Affairs of the Heart
Pen & Sword Books 2020 Chapter 4 Chapter 4 is the first of the 'Motive' chapters. Since no motive is recorded, and the assumption of a love triangle is the basis for the traditional interpretation of the case, the middle chapters of this book look at alternative ideas, and present them for the reader to… Continue reading Medieval Murder ~ The Money Motive
Pen & Sword Books, 2020 Chapter 1 In exploring Sir William's 14thC context, this book necessarily touches upon a variety of issues that some readers may find distressing or difficult, including domestic violence and sexual assault, and, where Sir William's brother Nicholas is concerned, negative attitudes towards and traumatic consequences of the discovery of his… Continue reading Medieval Murder ~ The Discovery of A Body 1375