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Medieval Facts & Myths: The gallows for poaching?



In Medieval England, famine was common in most years. Yet hunting for your supper was forbidden to common folk. Which begs the question: Could a 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 draconian injustice of Medieval England's Forest Law spawned a protest movement of stories and songs -- including the legend of Robin Hood.


In KING ROBIN, the beloved rogue of Sherwood Forest robs the rich and gives to the poor -- until he becomes king. Learn more about this provocative medieval thriller.


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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.

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