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The Medieval Coroner: Part 2
"This is the second part of my quiz on the Medieval Coroner. He was a person of many talents in the middle ages and his versatility deserved more than one quiz."
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Outlaws were a problem in medieval times (as they have been throughout history) and had to be declared and registered. What was the coroner's role in the registration of outlaws?
The coroner had to be present at all declarations of outlawry.
The sheriff and not the coroner registered outlaws.
The coroner confiscated the outlaw's bail money.
The coroner was responsible for tracking down outlaws.
What was the coroner's role when law officers killed an outlaw?
He would investigate to see if they should be charged with a crime.
The officers would pay the coroner to keep the killing off of the rolls.
There was no inquest when outlaws were killed.
His inquest sent the officers to court so they could be acquitted for justifiable homicide.
What was an "approvers appeal"?
A felon could reduce his punishment by implicating his fellow criminals.
Persons who felt their imposed punishment was too harsh could appeal.
Persons who felt they were excessively fined could appeal.
The family of a victim could appeal if the accused was found not guilty.
Prior to access to banks and safety deposit boxes, prized possessions were hidden or buried. When these concealed items were discovered, the coroner was summoned to investigate the finding and its possible value to the Crown. To be declared "treasure trove" and of value to the King, certain items must be present. Which of the following would NOT be designated as treasure trove?
For which of the following events was the coroner required to be summonsed prior to any public action being taken?
death of a horse
birth of a couple's first child
marriage between persons of high rank
In coastal towns, especially in western England, the coroner was tasked to investigate any catches of "royal fish". Which of the following were considered royal fish?
cod and halibut
whale and sturgeon
For which of the following events was it common for a special writ to be issued to the medieval coroner?
Determining if a person who committed suicide was insane.
Finding the rightful owner of money found on hanged thieves.
Determining if a man had the right to leave a bull to roam free in the village.
All of these have been documented as tasks for a coroner.
Approximately when did medical experts become involved with the coroner in England?
If the coroner died who was responsible for ensuring that the coroner's rolls were delivered to the court?
The local priest
The county sheriff
The coroner's heirs at law
The highest ranking member of the gentry in the area
The coroner was an English institution, so how did it spread to other countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas?
The English coroner system was seen as more efficient than their foreign counterparts.
It exported with other legal institutions as the British Empire expanded.
Other countries thought it was a good idea and adopted it.
The English coroner system did not really spread beyond the British Isles.
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