The topic was: What have you learned about Elizabethan Justice so far in the novel?
Elizabethan Justice was very cruel, especially when the victim of the crime was one of the wealthier people in the town, such as Sir Philip in the novel Cue for Treason by Geoffrey Trease. Peter Brownrigg was so scared when after he had fled from his home and family for multiple reasons. Peter knew what the consequence was for attempted murder. He also recognized this was not any victim he had “attempted to murder”, this was Sir Philip, who is not a man who will negotiate nor listen. However, Peter is not only scared of being caught and punished in the worst way, he is extremely worried that the actors that have helped him escape will be punished as well, even though he snuck onto their wagon to flee from Sir Philip and only after did they agree to help him. “I could not let them all go to jail for me, and that was what it would mean in the long run, since no jury would believe the word of vagabond actors against that of a local gentry” (Trease 58-59). Peter is going to have to continue to trust these actors in order to stay hidden amongst the group, however there will come a time when he will have to decide to drag them down with him, or flee the group to keep them safe!