By Jean Dunbabin (auth.)

This e-book explores the becoming significance of prisons, either lay and ecclesiastical, in western Europe among one thousand and 1300. It makes an attempt to give an explanation for what captors was hoping to accomplish by way of proscribing 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 prisons, the technique of liberate open to a few captives, and writing in or approximately prison.

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Very little indeed is known about such places, which are only mentioned in literary sources;30 but they are of clear interest to any historian of subsequent imprisonment. 31 The disappearance of slavery (even the most determined upholders of its survival do not think it lasted much after 1000 in Christian southern Europe,32 and only a little longer in England and Scandinavia) 33 and the settlement of ex-slaves on the land may have facilitated the extension of a lord’s power of punishment to a larger group of dependent peasants.

Its function was punitive and corrective; its inmates expected to be released at a specific time from behind its walls, and while within had to be treated reasonably in order to be able to continue working. This kind of detention probably became commoner as the law limited the rights of life and death over slaves once enjoyed by their owners. Very little indeed is known about such places, which are only mentioned in literary sources;30 but they are of clear interest to any historian of subsequent imprisonment.

Conditions within the workshop must have been rather better than those that prevailed in jails. Its function was punitive and corrective; its inmates expected to be released at a specific time from behind its walls, and while within had to be treated reasonably in order to be able to continue working. This kind of detention probably became commoner as the law limited the rights of life and death over slaves once enjoyed by their owners. Very little indeed is known about such places, which are only mentioned in literary sources;30 but they are of clear interest to any historian of subsequent imprisonment.

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