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As the analysis of banishment practices in sixteenth-century Ulm has illustrated, judicial expulsion was ubiquitous in early modern society and magistrates cast thousands of offenders onto the highways for all manner of offenses. The town council's law enforcement efforts display remarkable continuity with medieval antecedents in both legislation and implementation. Banishment and the ceremonies that accompanied it also had an important role in the ritual display of authority, enacting power relations and social hierarchy before the eyes of the townsfolk. The oligarchic civic regimes of the late sixteenth century used public expulsion rituals, not just communal civic oath ceremonies or bloody executions, to display community boundaries and power relations. Accordingly, through the public banishment of outsiders and deviants, Ulm's magistrates sought to enhance and display both civic cohesion and central authority in a troubled age.

Keywords:civic cohesion; civic regimes; early modern society; town council; Ulm

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