By Jean Dunbabin (auth.)

ISBN-10: 0333647157

ISBN-13: 9780333647158

ISBN-10: 1403940274

ISBN-13: 9781403940278

This publication explores the transforming into significance of prisons, either lay and ecclesiastical, in western Europe among a thousand and 1300. It makes an attempt to give an explanation for what captors was hoping to accomplish by means of limiting the freedom of others, the technique of confinement on hand to them, and why there has been an more and more shut hyperlink among captivity and suspected illegal activity. It discusses stipulations inside of prisons, the technique of free up open to a couple captives, and writing in or approximately prison.

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53 Although lords might, after victory in battle, take pride in riding through their lands leading their prisoners before them, they had neither the lifestyle nor the accommodation to keep them safely for any length of time. Nor could they yet look to their social inferiors to provide greater security. Only bishops, charged with the defence of their walled diocesan towns, could occasionally offer places suitable for detention. So Otto II commended his cousin Henry of Bavaria to the surveillance of bishop Folcmar of Utrecht after Henry had been captured in an attempt to secure the throne for himself.

So Otto II commended his cousin Henry of Bavaria to the surveillance of bishop Folcmar of Utrecht after Henry had been captured in an attempt to secure the throne for himself. 55 Where no such places offered themselves, prisoners could not be easily kept. Because captivity had a primarily coercive aim, it was hard to distinguish a prisoner of war from a hostage, and in some circumstances a hostage from an honoured guest. Dudo of St Quentin, writing probably in the first decade of the eleventh century, told a story about the early life of Duke Richard I of Normandy (942–996) that is unlikely to be totally accurate, yet reveals the ambiguous position of many young lords sent to the courts of neighbouring great men in order to learn warfare and polished manners.

1 The neck collar may have been a form of wooden stocks; but if so, the viscount relied on a chain to prevent the serf from absconding rather than putting his victim’s arms through holes beside his neck. The author of the story of the serf’s miraculous release regarded the 32 The Means of Detention in the High Middle Ages 33 weight of the collar and the fact that the victim was left out of doors, exposed to the hazards of the weather, as the particular cruelties of his treatment. How long the viscount expected him to be there is not stated; perhaps only a day.

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