Community Violence: Two Case-Studies

Philippa C. Maddern

in Violence and Social Order

Published in print May 1992 | ISBN: 9780198202356
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191675287 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

Community Violence: Two Case-Studies

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The chapter looks at some more cases of alleged violence which came to the King's Bench from East Anglia. No analysis of law and violence in 15th-century East Anglia can be complete without a study of the outbreaks of group violence which are commonly said to have occurred in Bedford and Norwich during this period. Fifteenth-century accounts seem to show that contemporaries too thought that violence had really occurred. Specific reference to the 1437 riots in Norwich is also provided. It is stated that the exercising of the king's legal rights was actually a weapon used by the priory to fend off the claims of the city. Analysis on the 1437 riot is also provided.

Keywords: King's Bench; East Anglia; community violence; law; violence; 15th century; Bedford; Norwich

Chapter.  22078 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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