This article was joint winner of the 2012 Pollard Prize, awarded to the best paper delivered by a postgraduate student at an Institute of Historical Research seminar.
The hue and cry in medieval English towns†
Article first published online: 18 SEP 2013
© 2013 Institute of Historical Research
Volume 87, Issue 236, pages 179–193, May 2014
How to Cite
Sagui, S. (2014), The hue and cry in medieval English towns. Historical Research, 87: 179–193. doi: 10.1111/1468-2281.12030
- Issue published online: 13 APR 2014
- Article first published online: 18 SEP 2013
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.