Punishments were horrid during the Renaissance, so beware, if you are a scaredy cat stop right here- or get ready to scream from disgust, fear, or just because you feel like it. During the Renaissance, punishments had some sort of alliance to the crime. For example, according to Torture and Punishment, “The punishment for poisoning during this period was to be boiled to death. Mutilation and branding were also common. People often had their right hand cut off if they were caught stealing, and on certain occasions eyes were plucked out with hot pinchers and fingers were torn off.” If you can’t see the relation between these punishments, poisoning may feel like you’re burning, or you are choking. Therefore, boiling would be perfect (you are both
To try to prevent crime from occurring some believed that making the punishments severe would slow the growth of crime. The punishments you would receive, varied on how bad the crime was that you committed. If you were accused for adultery or manslaughter, you were more than likely punished with a whipping or branding. When punished with a whipping the number of hits usually varied between 10 to 30. When committing adultery, you usually were required 30 hits with the whip and a hot iron brand to the forehead. You were also made to wear something around your neck showing the crime you committed. These punishments were usually for men, women were normally sent to workhouses. Hanging was also a big punishment in the 1800s. Hangings were found to be entertainment and multiple people received a job during a hanging. (Source 2, Page 101) When hanging got out of hand, they began to send the criminals to other colonies to serve their sentences. They found that it was much cheaper than holding them in the English prisons where they were overcrowded and the traveling had to be paid for. The 1800s is known to be the worst of crime because of the increase of population and the issues with wealth. Escapes were very common because the jails were overflowing and it was too much for the people to keep up with. Not only were adults at risk but children of any age were too because society was so bad. As time moved along some of the
Crime and punishment in the 1800’s was very unlike today. Punishments were much more violent and severe back then with crime rates being high. However, a lot of the crime was unaccounted for due to how easy it was to get away with crimes back then. Compared to today, where as crime rates are increasing daily. As such, crime rates today surpass the rates in the 1800s. However, punishments are not as fatal today compared to the past. Almost all criminals in the 1800s were penalized with death in some way, typically by hanging. According to Gooii, some crimes, such as treason or murder, were considered serious crimes, but other ‘minor’ offences, such as picking pockets or stealing food, could also be punished with the death sentence.
Having extreme, agonizing, punishments was not out of the ordinary during the 17th century. The punishments and crimes were very unsystematic, and often times very foul. There were punishments that were as minor as carting,and there were punishments as severe as the death penalty.Throughout the 17th century there were a variety of punishments for different crimes that were commited.
Crime punishment in the 17th century in London was not any better than the methods such as the death penalty used in the 16th century. Matter of fact, one could say that the punishments in the 17th century was exactly as it was in the 16th century London. During this time period, people were still being punished for committing small crimes like stealing things. “There was still support for the execution of the most serious offenders, however, and in certain contexts, such as the 1720s and 1780s, which both experienced crime waves and political instability, the proportion of convicts executed increased.” (London Lives 1690 to 1800 crimes, poverty and social policy in the metropolis). Men and women were punished almost in the same way, however, if a pregnant woman is found guilty of any crime, she was given time to deliver the baby before she faced her punishment for her crimes. In the 17th, most the famous crime punishment method was hanging, criminals who were convicted were hanged instead of given other types of punishment.
From 500CE until 1500CE was best known as the Medieval Ages. Medieval period began after the fall of the Roman Empire. In many parts of the Middle Ages significantly changed. Types of punishment and determination of guilt and innocence are examples of the continuity and change in the area of law and order.
During the 17 and 18th century the British legal system was incredibly harsh, distributing death penalties for often minor offences, the aim of this was to deter individuals from committing crime. There was very
Crime and punishment in victorian times was divergent than it is today. In victorian times , the sentencing and punishment was very stricted. The petty crimes were mostly likely sentenced to death and hung. For example, John Walker was convicted of stealing onions and was sentenced seven years for it. If anyone stole food from the grocery store in this era and got caught the store would most likely call law enforcement and give them a warning and let them go. That is very different than how they treated it in victorian times. Criminals in victorian times were treated different than they are treated today.
The image below is a primary source of people being hung in the Middle Ages for murdering. The authors perspective is shown how he has drawn people hanging down while there are people watching them to show them not to do this. The viewpoint of the author is to say not to do this otherwise it will happen to you. The crowd around the punished people are there to show the seriousness of the punishments providing a warning and awareness of the consequences. It could lead to death and torture for the rest of their lives, this reflects to the authors point of view. Overall, Crimes and Punishments in the Middle Ages were very hard for people to escape. Authors presented a lot detail to show how life was strict back in the Middle Ages. Images that
The medieval ages had very different methods of crime and punishment they were a lot more brutal and many punishments for the crimes where causes of death for many people who weren’t even guilty. Even very small crimes like gossiping in medieval times had very brutal punishments. So make sure you never even gossip. Some of the simplest crimes would end in the most brutal way such as Theft, Hersey (thinking or saying something agents the church), Gossiping, Treason (plotting against or planning to over throw or kill the monarchy). The punishment well they are like something out of your nightmares gossiping: You would have to wear a scold's bridle, which would sometimes cut you if you tried to talk or ‘gossip’. Theft:
Criminals had their own secret language called “Thieves’ cant” or also referred to as “peddlers French,” it was used by professionals criminals and beggars of all types in all places more commonly European. Criminals used this speech to communicate amongst themselves and often coordinate specific plans they shared amongst one another commonly used in things including coney-catching, gull-groping and gaming tricks. All things considered I actually thought it to be really cool for them to develop such a thing to communicate with one another about specific things. Speaking of criminals working together, professional criminals had their own underworld where they could organize certain crimes and work together. Still commonly used by criminals today, underworlds allowed criminals to plan and organize things amongst other professional criminals that were involved. Again I found this to be very cool and interesting, and i’ve so far learned a lot about the creativeness of criminals in the Elizabethan times, from own language to organizing more professional crimes amongst themselves. Now for something straying away from the whole behind the scenes of criminals, executions everyone's favorite thing’s from the Elizabethan era. To start executioners were usually lumbering brutes with their big heavy axes ready to chop someone’s head clean off, or did they? Executions usually took multiple swings tries between swings and the chance someone's head wouldn’t come off, yes they would have to endure more than one swing. Completely awful and often lead to the need to saw the head in order for it to come clean off of the person, as stated by Elgin, beheading with an axe often lead to misses and the need of sawing. Some nobles got “luckier” and had a swordsman with a sharp blade cut the head off in one clean swoop rather than an axe and need of sawing. In my opinion it sounds terrible to have to need to put
The punishments for crime in the colonial times were harsh in some cases or humiliating. Some crimes like murder, treason, or piracy,(stealing from other boats) had people sentenced to death. Crimes that cost the price of humiliation were crimes such as being drunk or working or traveling on sunday.The specific way a criminal would be punished is that
The immense sickness wasn’t the only thing dark about Europe’s Middle Ages. The monarchs were cruel and unruly to their subjects while enforcing brutality upon their land and citizens. The laws enforced by these kings and queens were nothing short of diabolical, for there was no set list of limitations and rules meaning that the monarchs could punish anyone for anything, even if that meant simply disturbing the king. The executions of the ‘accused’ were public to the citizens, and were “a pitiless affair” (McGlynn). The kings ruled with an iron fist as their methods of justice were murderous as executions “sent out a message of warning and deterrence” and “offered the ultimate guarantee against repeat offenders”. The message monarchs tried to send while carelessly shedding blood was that they desired to make a statement, and scare citizens into not committing crimes, for they would know the gruesome consequences. If not death, the “standard, mandatory sentence” of all accused peoples was mutilation of “eyes, noses, ears, hands, feet and testicles”. To sum it all up, punishment in the Middle Ages was much more unforgiving than in this modern day of age; being burned at the stake or beheaded by the guillotine are still some of the most spine-tingling punishments to this day. In all of the depressing fog of the Middle Ages, could there truly have been a beneficial factor?
In order to determine what the law was in the Elizabethan Age for crime and punishment, you must research crime and punishment in that age, the laws and the acts. In the Elizabethan Age there were many different crimes. Each of those crimes had their own punishment or punishments. They were very strict about what they could and could not do in this age. If you have ever thought about planning a crime, you would have to really think about the punishment you would receive.