Year: 2000 Source: Lexington, VA: Washington & Lee University School of Law, (November 2000). 61p. SIEC No: 20080497

In their book, “Royal Justice and the Medieval English Countryside”, the DeWindts note a case from 1286 in which the royal justices order forfeiture of the chattels of an insane suicide. They cite “Bracton” for the proposition that the chattels of insane suicides were not subject to forfeiture, describe the noted case as abnormal, & challenge historians to investigate the matter. The present author has taken up the challenge, concluding the DeWindts are right about “Bracton” but wrong about what was normal. By the 1230s, all suicides forfeited whatver chattels they owned & suffered escheat of realty. The case noted by the DeWindts exemplifies the treatment of suicide in the thirteenth century. (109 notes)