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Abstract

In the middle ages the hue and cry played a significant role in maintaining peace. Although it has been studied within the rural sphere, it is under-examined within the urban context. This article seeks to fill this void using the Norwich leet rolls. It considers the laws governing the hue, the circumstances in which it could be raised, the people who utilized it, and changes in usage over time. It concludes that the hue was subject to similar constraints in both city and country and postulates that it became increasingly feminized over the course of the fourteenth century.