Murdrum

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Murdrum was introduced into English law by the Danes. Being the killing of a man in a secret manner, it is distinguished from simple homicide. In the Laws of Canute an unknown man who was killed was presumed to be a Dane, and the vill/tithing was compelled to pay 40 marks for his death. After the Norman conquest the law was revived in respect of the Norman aristocracy. It was abolished in the reign of Edward III. Richard I of England exempted the Knights Templar from being charged with murdrum and Latrocinium amongst other privileges.

When king Henry I granted tax liberties to London in 1133, he exempted the city from taxes such as scot, danegeld, and murdrum.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henry I, King of England: Grant of Tax Liberties to London, 1133, Medieval Sourcebook, Fordham University

Further reading[edit]

  • Pratt, David (2010). "Written Law and Communication of Authority in Tenth-Century England". In Rollason, David; Leyser, Conrad; Williams, Hannah. England and the Continent in the Tenth Century:Studies in Honour of Wilhelm Levison (1876-1947). Brepols. pp. 342–343. ISBN 9782503532080.