Medieval Laws And Punishment

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In any society, laws and punishments are what kept the people from being chaotic. The puritans had many strict laws and very harsh punishments. Along with this, William Bradford stated: “…In a land where so much witnessed against and narrowly looked unto, and severely punished when it was known, as in no place more, or so much…”(Bradford). There were punishments for every law, but the severity of them was different based on the class of the person. A person’s social status determined the harshness of his/her punishment. Higher classmen were typically punished at a less degree than lower classmen and slaves. Crimes consisted of the same harmful acts still seen today, such as murder, theft, and disturbing the peace. Minor crimes today were taken
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