Rexroth argues that the main objective of wardmote inquests in particular was not the punishment--through fine, imprisonment, or exile--of transgressors, but instead to rehearse the relationships of power and conformity that bound respectable London together.
While Rexroth does not consider this aspect of the degredation enacted at wardmotes, it does not necessarily undermine the point he is making.
Each ward had an alderman, common councilors, constables, scavengers, and a wardmote
access to the wardmote
as 'typical of towns in the period' (p.
(2) The first such attempt appeared in the official report by the town, the Wardmote Book of Faversham:
But the Wardmote reading is not an obvious error, while the 1592 title-page's purpose is to sensationalize and moralize female wickedness for commercial purposes.
(21) Stow had served on juries, wardmotes
, and aided the city in numerous property disputes.