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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Lady Despenser’s Scribery! After taking a break, the blog will be back in full force again next year with lots of new posts about Hugh Despenser, the people around him, and everyday life in early 14th century England! Until then, enjoy the festive season! Best wishes from

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Punishment of the Pillory

The Medieval Pillory It is very easy to mix up pillories and stocks. Both involved public humiliation by being immobilised in a wooden contraption and being subjected to insults and anything else that could be thrown. If a person was condemned to some time in the stocks, this meant that

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