Peasants in late Medieval London faced extreme violence

According to recently published research, “Peasants in medieval London faced extreme violence”.

Skulls of peasants unearthed in the UK’s capital show a much greater number of fractures than do those of the upper classes and it is conjectured that many died soon after having received their injuries.

The researchers believe that due to the cost of the legal system, peasants in Medieval London had no ability to employ barristers so would frequently settle their disputes in bar or street brawls, many of which ended in death. Interestingly most of these brawls appear to have taken place on Sunday, which was the only day peasants had off.

In contrast the better off residents of London had recourse to legal representation to settle disputes or, if they did engage in duelling, they wore armour which greatly reduced the danger of death.

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2 thoughts on “Peasants in late Medieval London faced extreme violence

    1. drewdog2060drewdog2060 Post author

      Thanks, Robbie. Yes it is interesting. I note though that the article fails to tackle the issue of why vilence seems to have been so prevalent in London, while other large cities, such as York (mentioned in the piece), did not experience the same levels of violence. Kevin


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