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  Rolls of the 1281 Derbyshire Eyre, Case 454
  Rolls of the 1281 Derbyshire Eyre, Case 454; this source is from the records of the court known as the "Eyre", in Derbyshire, in 1281. This court was held by one of the king's justices, one of a number who travelled around to each county, hearing more serious offences.
In this case the hue and cry was raised, some local people caught the attempted murderer and beheaded him.
  Look for evidence of how the community system of crime prevention worked. What did local people have to do and how were they made to do it?
In Source 1: what happened to the criminal? Why isn't this acceptable nowadays?
In Source 2: what duties were local people ordered to carry out in 1284?
In Source 3: What is the attitude of this writer to these Anglo-Saxon rules? How can you tell?
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