Medieval Crime and Punishment deals with how criminal behavior was dealt with in the Middle Ages. All medieval societies had developed laws to deal with issues like murder, theft, treason and other crimes. A wide range of solutions emerged over time to keep social peace and deal with criminals and violent people.
Articles on Medieval Crime
Who Poached the King’s Deer? A Study in Thirteenth Century Crime, by Jean Birrell
Women, Suicide, and the Jury in Later Medieval England, by Sara M. Butler
A Case of Indifference? Child Murder in Later Medieval England, by Sara Butler
Domestic Peace and Public Order in Anglo-Saxon Law, by Rebecca Colman
Extra-Legal Punishments in Medieval Jewish Courts, by Zev Farber
Coping in medieval prisons, by Guy Geltner
Isola non isolata. Le Stinche in the Middle Ages, by Guy Geltner
The English Law of Treason in Malory’s Le Morte Darthur, by Ryan Muckerheide
Crime, Justice and Society in Medieval and Early Modern Times : Thirty Years of Crime and Criminal Justice History, by Xavier Rousseaux and Kevin Dwyer
More Resources on Medievalists.net
Violence and Predation in Medieval Europe – report on a lecture by Daniel Lord Smail, Professor of History at Harvard University on changes in the way crime was dealt with in southern medieval Europe
A Medieval Criminal Gang – from the BBC Radio program The Long View – Examines the current day problem of gang violence by examining a similar group from the 14th century.
The Medieval Prison: A Social History – includes an interview with Guy Geltner