By Dr Seabourne Gwen
The non-judicial confinement of girls is a typical occasion in medieval eu literature and hagiography. The literary photograph of the imprisoned girl, frequently a noblewoman, has carried via into the quasi-medieval global of the fairy and people story, during which the 'maiden within the tower' is without doubt one of the archetypes. but the confinement of ladies outdoors of the judicial method used to be no longer easily a fiction within the medieval interval. males too have been imprisoned with out trial and infrequently on mere suspicion of an offence, but proof means that there have been very important modifications within the situations less than which women and men have been incarcerated, and of their roles when it comes to non-judicial captivity.
This research of the confinement of ladies highlights the disparity in law referring to female and male imprisonment within the center a long time, and provides an invaluable point of view at the nature of medieval legislations, its scope and boundaries, and its interplay with royal strength and prerogative. taking a look at England from 1170 to 1509, the publication discusses: the occasions during which girls can be imprisoned with no formal accusation of trial; how social prestige, nationwide allegiance and degree of lifestyles affected the probabilities of imprisonment; the proper felony principles and norms; the level to which felony and constitutional advancements in medieval England affected women's amenability to confinement; what might be recognized of the stories of ladies so incarcerated; and the way girls have been keen on occasions of non-judicial imprisonment, other than themselves being prisoners.
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Imprisoning Medieval Women: The Non-Judicial Confinement and Abduction of Women in England, c.1170-1509 by Dr Seabourne Gwen