What is treason?


In law, treason is the crime that covers some of the more extreme acts against one's sovereign or nation. Historically, treason also covered the murder of specific social superiors, such as the murder of a husband by his wife. Treason against the king was known as high treason and treason against a lesser superior was petty treason. A person who commits treason is known in law as a traitor.

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Some articles on treason:

List Of People Convicted Of High Treason In England Before 1 May 1707
... This is a list of people convicted of high treason in the Kingdom of England before the Union with Scotland on 1 May 1707 ... It does not include people convicted of petty treason ...
List Of People Who Were Beheaded - Netherlands/Belgium
... Governor, the Duke of Alba, at Vilvoorde for treason ... Lamoral, Count of Egmont (1568) - Beheaded in Brussels for treason ... Count of Horn (1568) - Beheaded in Brussels for treason Johan van Oldenbarnevelt (1619) – Executed in the Hague for Hollandic separatism by Prince Maurice ...
Treason - Related Offences
... There are a number of other crimes against the state short of treason Apostasy in Islam is considered treason in Islamic belief ... Compounding treason is dropping a prosecution for treason in exchange for money or money's worth ... Misprision of treason is a crime consisting of the concealment of treason ...
Brita Tott - Treason
... For this, she was put on trial for treason against the crown at the assembled court in Stockholm of 1452 ... She was judged guilty of high treason and sentenced to be burned at the stake ...
List Of Trials Of Peers In The House Of Lords
... Peer Charge Verdict Sentence 1499 The Earl of Warwick treason pleaded guilty death 1522 The Duke of Buckingham treason guilty death 1535 The Lord Dacre treason not guilty 1536 The ... if a peer or peeress was convicted of a crime, except treason or murder, he or she could claim "privilege of peerage" to escape punishment if it was their first offence ...

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Famous quotes containing the word treason:

    The treason pleases, but the traitors are odious.
    Spanish proverb, pt. 1, bk. 4, ch. 7, quoted in Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote (1605, trans by P. Motteux)

    And you could have a new automobile
    Ping pong set and garage, but the thief
    Stole everything like a miracle.
    In his book there was a picture of treason only
    And in the garden, cries and colors.
    John Ashbery (b. 1927)

    Our kinsman Gloucester is as innocent
    From meaning treason to our royal person
    As is the sucking lamb or harmless dove.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)