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Banishment And Authority In Sixteenth-Century Ulm

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This chapter focuses on banishment which was a flexible punishment that allowed a space for negotiation between authorities, offenders, and the local populace, negotiation expressed through the official enforcement of traditional behavioral norms, the denunciation of offenders who could not be controlled through unofficial social controls, and the ameliorating effects of the appellate process. The Ulmer authorities increasingly relied upon banishment in carrying out its law enforcement activities, and in the course of the sixteenth century banishment proved pivotal to local social control efforts. Ulm, constructed by compiling individual sentences handed down by the Ulm's high court during the period 1500-1599, reveals several essential features of official disciplinary activity. During the sixteenth century the council focused their energies on punishing a wide range of illicit activities through banishment. Morals offenses were the most common crimes listed in the banishment convictions handed down by Ulm's high court.

Keywords:ameliorating effects; appellate process; banishment; illicit activities; offenders; official disciplinary activity; sixteenth century Ulm; Ulmer authorities



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