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Extra info for Crime And Punishment In England: An Introductory History
Rebellion provided its crop of London victims; 59 rebels were hanged in London and Southwark after Wyatt’s Revolt in 1554. Most acts could count as treason. In May 1555, a youth was carted and whipped through London for claiming to be Edward VI. ) Ten months later, the same boy was convicted of the same offence. This time he was executed. The fate of the Marian martyrs is too well known to need retelling, but Mary was not the only Tudor to burn heretics. An old man suffered that punishment for heresy in 1500.
England was divided into two provinces, York and Canterbury, each presided over by an archbishop. Each archbishop had his provincial court or courts that had jurisdiction over the whole province. Each province was divided into dioceses. Each diocese was headed by a bishop who had his own court, called a consistory court. Each diocese (except Chichester) was subdivided into archdeaconries headed by an archdeacon who held his own court, called unsurprisingly an archdeacon’s court. Archdeaconries could be large.
The state intervened largely through administrative devices such as proclamations and Privy Council letters where and when it felt it necessary. Many city councils and manor courts also legislated on sexual matters. The first responsibility for the regulation of sexuality remained, however, with the Church and its courts. As we have seen they dealt with a large number of cases, over 2,000 or about 50 a year in Elizabethan Essex alone. The range of sex cases coming before the church courts was impressive.