A Medieval Murder – Interview with Frederik Pedersen

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Frederik Pedersen, Senior Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, talks with Medievalists.net about the murder of  William Cantilupe on March 23, 1375. Killed at his own manor by his cook and squire, the crime seems to have been a much larger conspiracy where even Cantilupe’s own wife was charged with the murder. It is certainly case where the truth was stranger than fiction!

Pedersen explains how he was able to track down the various details related to the case, and how it was even connected to the very odd marriage and divorce case of his brother(?) Nicholas Cantilupe and Katherine Paynel that took place several years earlier. Frederik Pedersen also talks about his work as a medieval historian, which includes interests in medieval marriage, Scandinavia, and canon law.

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Sharan Newman