Saxon Crime and Punishment

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  • SAXON CRIME AND PUNISHMENT 400-1066
    • CRIMES
      • Theft of money
      • Theft of food
      • Theft of low value belongings
      • Violent crimes were a small minority of cases
        • Murder
        • Treason against the King
        • Arson
        • Betraying your lord
    • PUNISHMENTS
      • WERGILD - money fines paid to victims as compensation. If you couldn't pay then you were sent into slavery
      • BLOOD FEUD - the victims family had the right to track down and kill the murderer
      • CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
        • Execution for more serious crimes
      • OUTLAWED - an accused person who didn't go to court was OUTLAWED so no longer had the protection of the law
    • POLICING
      • NO POLICE FORCE
      • TITHING - (group of ten men all over the age of 12) - if one broke the law, they had to take them to court or pay the fine to the victim

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