The punishment of pirates in the medieval mediterranean

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This chapter addresses the multiple penalties for piracy in the medieval Mediterranean world, from hanging to physical mutilation, reprisal, and recompense, with the aim of problematizing piracy and revealing the ambiguities that surrounded it. Piracy was the subject of myth and miracle collections as well as lawsuits, royal grants of letters of marque for retribution, and documents of practice. Medieval attitudes toward piracy were dependent on perspective, and there was not always stigma attached. Though pirates, if caught, were often punished, legal criminalization of piracy came late in the Middle Ages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEarly Modern Improvisations
Subtitle of host publicationEssays on History and Literature in Honor of John Watkins
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781032698304
ISBN (Print)9781032698281
StatePublished - Jun 3 2024

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