Seeking Sanctuary

Crime, Mercy, and Politics in English Courts, 1400-1550
Author(s): 
McSheffrey, Shannon
ISBN: 
9780198798149
Date published: 
July 2017
Hardback
Price: 
£60.00

In premodern English law, felons had the right to seek sanctuary in a church or ecclesiastical precinct. It is commonly held that this practice virtually died out after the medieval period, but Shannon McSheffrey highlights its resurgence under the Tudor regime and shows how the issue lay at the intersection between law, religion, and culture.