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Ambühl, R.C. (2011) Ransoms In, Martel, Gordon (eds.) The Encyclopedia of War. London, GB, Blackwell (doi:10.1002/9781444338232.wbeow511).

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In Middle English raunsom or raunson derives from the old French raencon (or raenson, rancon, ranson, ranchon, etc.) and from the Latin redemptio. Ransom is commonly defined as the price or sum paid or demanded for the release of a prisoner. However, it has not always been strictly financial. This nuance is highlighted by the medieval use of the term finance (fenaunce, fynance, financia), which seemed to designate a ransom that was paid in money, whereas ransom could also be partly or entirely paid in goods.

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Published date: 13 November 2011
Organisations: History


Local EPrints ID: 339992
ISBN: 9781444338232
PURE UUID: ae83b417-1689-4759-be73-6236d4811857

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Date deposited: 07 Jun 2012 11:58
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:50

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Author: R.C. Ambühl
Editor: Gordon Martel

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