Theft and Violence

John Hudson

in The Oxford History of the Laws of England

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780198260301
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191740640 | DOI:

Series: The Oxford History of the Laws of England

Theft and Violence

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This chapter discusses offences committed by individuals or small groups, primarily against the victim's person or movable goods. It covers types of offence, responsibility and liability, prevention and police, and punishment. Problems of crime and the methods used to tackle them show considerable continuity across 1066. Whereas a new vocabulary was used to describe many aspects of landholding, English words and English proverbs continued to be applied in many matters of crime. Such linguistic evidence suggests the importance of English suitors within many of the courts dealing with offenders, English suitors who preserved or sought relevant custom.

Keywords: offence; Anglo-Norman period; responsibility; liability; punishment

Chapter.  16214 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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