Felony and the guilty mind in Medieval England / Elizabeth Papp Kamali.

Author
Kamali, Elizabeth Papp [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2019.
Description
1 online resource (xv, 336 pages)

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Studies in legal history [More in this series]
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This book explores the role of mens rea, broadly defined as a factor in jury assessments of guilt and innocence from the early thirteenth through the fourteenth century - the first two centuries of the English criminal trial jury. Drawing upon evidence from the plea rolls, but also relying heavily upon non-legal textual sources such as popular literature and guides for confessors, Elizabeth Papp Kamali argues that issues of mind were central to jurors' determinations of whether a particular defendant should be convicted, pardoned, or acquitted outright. Demonstrating that the word 'felony' itself connoted a guilty state of mind, she explores the interplay between social conceptions of guilt and innocence and jury behavior. Furthermore, she reveals a medieval understanding of felony that involved, in its paradigmatic form, three essential elements: an act that was reasoned, was willed in a way not constrained by necessity, and was evil or wicked in its essence.
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ISBN
9781108670890 (ebook)
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