© 2002

Captivity and Imprisonment in Medieval Europe, 1000–1300


Part of the Medieval Culture and Society book series (MECUSO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Jean Dunbabin
    Pages 1-17
  3. Jean Dunbabin
    Pages 18-31
  4. Jean Dunbabin
    Pages 46-61
  5. Jean Dunbabin
    Pages 62-79
  6. Jean Dunbabin
    Pages 80-97
  7. Jean Dunbabin
    Pages 98-113
  8. Jean Dunbabin
    Pages 114-129
  9. Jean Dunbabin
    Pages 130-143
  10. Jean Dunbabin
    Pages 144-158
  11. Jean Dunbabin
    Pages 159-169
  12. Jean Dunbabin
    Pages 170-174
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 175-207

About this book


This book explores the growing importance of prisons, both lay and ecclesiastical, in western Europe between 1000 and 1300. It attempts to explain what captors hoped to achieve by restricting the liberty of others, the means of confinement available to them, and why there was an increasingly close link between captivity and suspected criminal activity. It discusses conditions within prisons, the means of release open to some captives, and writing in or about prison.


Europe liberty Middle Ages

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.St Anne’s CollegeUniversity of OxfordUK

About the authors

JEAN DUNBABIN is a Fellow of, and tutor at, St Anne's College, University of Oxford. She is also Reader in Medieval History at the University.

Bibliographic information


'An excellent book.' - Dr John Hudson, University of St Andrews