Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Lèse Majesté

An offence violating the dignity and majesty of the king as ruler. Considered a very serious or heinous felony, one of high treason committed against the sovereign; as well as full forfeiture of one's goods and chattels, it could mean punishment with the death penalty. Disobeying the king and his orders constituted rebellion.

From French lèse majesté, from Latin laesa majestas, literally, injured majesty.

Becket was charged with the crime and found guilty of lèse majesté at the Council of Northampton October 1164.


The Law of Treason in England in the Later Middle Ages

J. G. Bellamy (29 January 2004). The Law of Treason in England in the Later Middle Ages. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-52638-8

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Georges Darboy (7 March 2012). Saint Thomas Becket.... Nabu Press. pp. 1–. ISBN 978-1-277-26051-9

Philippe Antoine Merlin (1828). Répertoire universel et raisonné de jurisprudence. Garnery. pp. 109–.

Robert Joseph Pothier; Daniel Jousse; Pierre Antoine Sulpice de Bréard-Neuville (1823). Pandectae Justinianeae, in novum ordinem digestae: cum legibus Codicis et Novellis, quae jus Pandectarum confirmant, explicant aut aborgant. ex typis Dondey-Dupré. pp. 203–.

John Hudson (2012). The Oxford History of the Laws of England Volume II:871-1216. Oxford University Press. pp. 720–. ISBN 978-0-19-163003-3

John of Salisbury The Policraticus
John of Salisbury, Policraticus, Books 1, 2, 3
John of Salisbury, Policraticus, Books 4, 5, 6

John Milton (1866). The prose works of John Milton: with an introductory review. H. G. Bohn. pp. 13–.

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