Monday, 7 April 2014

Hue and cry

In medieval England ... what would you do though if you discovered a crime being committed?

You would be expected to raise the alarm or in other words give hue and cry.

In 1285 the Statute of Winchester declared that anyone who witnesses a crime shall give hue and cry. All able-bodied men, upon hearing the shouts, were obliged to assist in the pursuit of the criminal. The sound of the hue and cry varied from place to place but was most likely a shout and would probably have varied depending upon the nature of the crime.

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