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Medieval Facts & Myths: The gallows for poaching?




Could a Medieval English peasant go to the gallows for poaching?

You best believe it.

In England during the early Medieval era, every forest in the realm belonged to the king. Barons and earls were sometimes granted hereditary hunting privileges in royal woods. But woe betide any commoner caught poaching.

The punishment for poaching included hanging, castration, blinding, or being sewn into a deer skin and then hunted down by ferocious dogs. (Gadzooks.)

In fact, the absurd injustice of so-called Forest Law spawned a protest movement of stories and songs -- including the legend of Robin Hood.


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Medieval Facts & Myths is a blog series featuring KING ROBIN, a novel by R. A. Moss releasing February 2021 from Beck and Branch Publishers.

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Medieval Facts & Myths is a blog series featuring KING ROBIN, a novel by R. A. Moss releasing February 2021 from Beck and Branch Publishers.

Cinematic rights available.

Medieval Facts & Myths is a blog series featuring KING ROBIN, a novel by R. A. Moss releasing February 2021 from Beck and Branch Publishers.

Cinematic rights available.

Medieval Facts & Myths is a blog series featuring KING ROBIN, a novel by R. A. Moss releasing February 2021 from Beck and Branch Publishers.

Cinematic rights available.

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