is largely (though not entirely) vindicated, and his preservation of a copy of the Discorsi effects the liberal trial play's characteristic rapprochement, indeed absolution, between master and pupil.
In this volume William Chester Jordan takes a look at one of the more intriguing and under-studied topics in English medieval criminal law: abjuration. Having usually claimed sanctuary in one of England's churches, the accused felon confessed his or her crime and then swore to leave the country forever.
The book opens with a consideration of the role of abjuration in the legal system and spends a good deal of time on abjuration as a form of mercy, rather than punishment.
He suggests that abjurers would be kept in their sanctuaries until the summer shipping season began and until a sufficient number were gathered to make for an efficient use of the "transit guards," which he contends escorted them from their place of abjuration to Dover (65).
Chapter five looks at those abjurers who returned home, either legally or illegally, while chapter six, the epilogue, concludes that the process of abjuration largely atrophied in the years after the opening of the Hundred Years' War.
Trabulse notes the predominance of compositions of a religious nature in the Fama; the inclusion of an edifying biography of Sor Juana by father Diego Calleja, which narrates at length her alleged spiritual conversion; the other prefatory material in the Fama by diverse eulogists who echo Calleja's tribute to Sor Juana's reborn religiosity; and the presence of the "abjuration" documents mentioned earlier, which, Trabulse notes, only could have been supplied by Aguiar y Seijas himself.
In 1763, one of Sor Juana's "abjuration" documents was reprinted in Mexico City under the sponsorship of a nun of the Convento Real de Jesus Maria.
All this reminded one of the 'public breast-beating contests', as Max Horkheimer used to call the mass abjurations
after World War II.
As each wave of suppression precipitated another flood of abjurations, Protestant numbers declined steadily throughout the Wars of Religion.
And whereas other fraternal societies divided and excluded its members by occupation, craft group or specialized saints' cults, the Confraternities of the Holy Ghost promoted the solidarity of the social body of the whole community.(45) In Dijon, Tavanes's confraternity was as responsible as anything else for the wave of abjurations that began in 1567 and continued right up to the massacres of St.
There are vast clouds of smoke and lots of waving of arms and incantations and abjurations
; occasionally a flash of light moves through the scene.
Luria also locates situations where both confessions adopted similar rituals, like the formal and public abjurations
by new converts (256).
Cox suggests a troubled conscience or the instigation of a confessor as possible motives for the belated flight to sanctuary and confession of guilt.(23) A sudden rash of seven abjurations performed in the town of Hertford on 26 November 1526, by men who had committed separate offences in various other locations, suggests a possible gaol break.
Westminster again harboured felons and murderers, in addition to the more innocuous debtors, who became the most common residents.(38) The 1540 act seems, however, to have marked the end of abjuration. Records of only two abjurations into these new sanctuary towns were found.
Hunnisett, "The Last Sussex Abjurations," SAC, 102 (1964), 39-51.