By Trevor Dean
What's the distinction among a stabbing in a tavern in London and one in a hostelry within the South of France? What occurs while a spinster residing in Paris unearths knight in her bed room desirous to marry her? Why was once there against the law wave following the Black dying? From Aberdeen to Cracow and from Stockholm to Sardinia, Trevor Dean levels largely all through medieval Europe during this exiting and cutting edge historical past of lawlessness and legal justice. Drawing at the real-life tales of normal women and men who frequently stumbled on themselves on the sharp finish of the legislations, he exhibits the way it used to be usually one rule for the wealthy and one other for the terrible in a tangled internet of judicial corruption.
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