Main Pain, Penance, and Protest: Peine Forte et Dure in Medieval England

Pain, Penance, and Protest: Peine Forte et Dure in Medieval England

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In medieval England, a defendant who refused to plead to a criminal indictment was sentenced to pressing with weights as a coercive measure. Using peine forte et dure ('strong and hard punishment') as a lens through which to analyse the law and its relationship with Christianity, Butler asks: where do we draw the line between punishment and penance? And, how can pain function as a vehicle for redemption within the common law? Adopting a multidisciplinary approach, this book embraces both law and literature. When Christ is on trial before Herod, he refused to plead, his silence signalling denial of the court's authority. England's discontented subjects, from hungry peasant to even King Charles I himself, stood mute before the courts in protest. Bringing together penance, pain and protest, Butler breaks down the mythology surrounding peine forte et dure and examines how it functioned within the medieval criminal justice system.
Request Code : ZLIBIO3180622
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Year:
2021
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Language:
English
Pages:
459
ISBN 10:
131651238X
ISBN 13:
9781316512388
ISBN:
131651238X,9781316512388
Series:
Studies in Legal History

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