Imagine hiring a man to kill off your enemy... and then pleading a defense that would allow you to walk out free. This week, we'll trace the story of a neighborly feud in Tudor England that left one man dead and an unbalanced man free, if not for the actions of a young woman in manipulating Parliament, the Privy Council, and even the Queen. Their responses would ultimately change the laws of England in order to prevent a man from getting away with murder.
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Kesselring, Krista. Mercy and Authority in the Tudor State. Cambridge University Press: 2003
Shoemaker, Robert. Prosecution and Punishment: Petty Crime and the Law in London and Rural Middlesex, c 1660-1725. Cambridge University Press: 1991
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin MacLeod (www.incompetech.com)