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

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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. From England to France explores the lives of these men and women who were condemned to abjure the English ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published February 22nd 2015 by Princeton University Press
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Lauren Albert
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It was interesting reading this in tandem with the Cadfael mysteries.

Jordan shows the great difficulties faced by exiles and how a few overcame them. It is notable how politics played into the use of exile as a punishment with the relationship between England and France (and French regions controlled by England) changing the use of France as a place of exile. He shows the incredible problems faced by exiles, usually with no money or relationships in the area, finding themselves in a foreign and
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