Saxons ~ Period Breakdown

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The Saxons- Community

CRIMES/LAWS

  • Theft-mostly low value goods: food, clothing, etc
  • Murder- Though violent crime was a small minority of cases

PUNISHMENT

  • Blood feud- early system: If someone was killed, the victim's family could kill the murderer: just lead to more violence, didn't protect those who didn't want to use violence
  • Wergild- System of compensation introduced due to spread of Christianity to replace blood feud. 
  • Mutilation- Used for habitual criminals, so that everyone would know they had commited a crime- Deterrent
  • Death- For

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