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23) A sudden rash of seven abjurations performed in the town of Hertford on 26 November 1526, by men who had committed separate offences in various other locations, suggests a possible gaol break.
Records of only two abjurations into these new sanctuary towns were found.
Hunnisett, "The Last Sussex Abjurations," SAC, 102 (1964), 39-51.
Hunnisett, "Last Sussex Abjurations," 43, suggests that the branding replaced the cross as a visual sign of the abjuror's status, but many of the records continue to mention both.
Sanctuary and abjuration of the realm, frequent topics in medieval chronicles, have not been entirely ignored by modern studies.
Abjuration of the realm was the usual result of sanctuary seeking.
The records thus provide the bare outlines of the abjuration ritual.
A richly resonant event, abjuration served the interests of all participants.
Of the 212 individuals known to have sought abjuration in this period, only four were women.
A local official, who hoped that Gilbank's flight from the first church might invalidate his rights in the second, told the coroner to defer the abjuration until Wolsey's pleasure was known.
Like refuge in permanent sanctuaries, abjuration allowed an offender time to plead for pardon.