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Crime and Punishment - The Anglo-Saxons

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About the Course

In this course, Professor Rory Naismith (University of Cambridge) explores Crime and Punishment in Anglo-Saxon England. In the first module, we provide an introduction to crime and punishment in England during the period of the Anglo-Saxons. In the second module, we look at the legal system of offense and compensation which permeated all Anglo-Saxon legal disputes, before in the third module turning to look at Anglo-Saxon law codes themselves. In the fourth module, we look at legal disputes in Anglo-Saxon England, then in the fifth module we take a closer look at one example of an Anglo-Saxon law-code. In the sixth and final module, we look at an example of an anglo-saxon legal dispute, namely the misdeeds of Wulfbald.

About the Lecturer

Professor Rory Naismith is a Professor of Early Medieval English History at the University of Cambridge. His research focuses on early-medieval England’s monetary history, material and documentary culture, and social and economic developments. His recent publications include, Citadel of the Saxons: the Rise of Early London (2018), Medieval European Coinage, with a Catalogue of the Coins in the Fitzwilliam Museum (2017), and Money and Power in Anglo-Saxon England: the Southern English Kingdoms 757-865 (2012).