Sanctuary and Crime in the Middle Ages, 400-1500 by Karl ShoemakerSanctuary and Crime in the Middle Ages, 400-1500 by Karl Shoemaker

Sanctuary and Crime in the Middle Ages, 400-1500

byKarl Shoemaker

Hardcover | April 1, 2011

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Sanctuary and Crime in the Middle Ages, 400-1500 rethinks the history of sanctuary protections for criminals in the Western legal tradition. From the twilight of the Roman Empire until the sixteenth century, every major medieval legal tradition afforded protections to fugitive criminals whotook sanctuary in churches. Sanctuary-seeking criminals might have been required to perform penance or go into exile, but they were guaranteed immunity from corporal and capital punishment. In the sixteenth century, sanctuary protections were abolished throughout Europe, uprooting an ancienttradition and replacing it with a new set of juridical arguments about law, crime, and the power to punish. After situating sanctuary law within early Christian and late Roman traditions, this book explores a rich range of medieval legal, ecclesiastical, and social sources, with special attention to the early English common law, and it concludes by examining the legal arguments that led to the abolitionof sanctuary privileges and ushered in a new state-centered age of criminal deterrence and social control.
Karl Shoemaker is Associate Professor of History and Law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Title:Sanctuary and Crime in the Middle Ages, 400-1500Format:HardcoverDimensions:292 pagesPublished:April 1, 2011Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0823232689

ISBN - 13:9780823232680


Editorial Reviews

"This excellent monograph provides a long-needed reinterpretation of sanctuary laws. Shoemaker's study shows remarkable range, covering over 1000 years and a variety of legal traditions. His work dovetails with other recent scholarship that explores the political logic of non-centralized governments."