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MDT Ep. 85: Medieval True Crime II: Concerning Violent Crime in the Coroner’s Rolls

Detail of Cain slaying Abel from British Library, MS Yates-Thompson 13, f. 28r.

This episode, we continue our Medieval True Crime series with a trip to late 13th-century Bedfordshire as represented in its Coroner’s Rolls, as well as hear some inadvertently lyrical legalese from early 14th-century Northampton.

Also check out:

The Medieval Podcast. “Murders in Medieval London.” 8 Oct. 2020. https://www.medievalists.net/2020/10/murders-medieval-london/.

Today’s Text:

  • Gross, Charles, editor. Select Cases from the Coroners’ Rolls, A.D. 1265-1413, with a Brief Account of the History of the Office of Coroner. Bernard Quarithc, 1896. Google Books.


  • Hanawalt, Barbara A. “Violent Death in Fourteenth- and Early Fifteenth-Century England.” Comparative Studies in Society and History, vol. 18, no. 3, July 1976, pp. 297-320. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/178340.
  • Warrin, Frank L. “Hue and Cry.” The Virginia Quarterly Review, vol. 9, no. 1, 1933, pp. 26–37. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/26433779

Image: Detail of Cain slaying Abel from British Library, MS Yates-Thompson 13, f. 28r.

1 Comment

  1. Josh Hisley

    Another excellent installment! Thanks for this important, and also really entertaining pod.

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