How did crime and punishment contribute to medieval society? (The…
How did crime and punishment contribute to medieval society?
The brutality of punishments
the technology wasn't as advanced, they relied on confessions and witnesses, therefore, tortured to get information.
Minor crimes in village courts, punishments received from the village courts were embarrassing than brutal such as getting put in stocks and letting people throw fruits at you
Disobeying the ten commandments, treason, witchcraft, murder etc resulted in harsh punishments.
Punishments were brutal and inhumane as they wanted to put across a point that they do not allow bad behaviour
Withcraft = burned to death
High treason against king = Hung or quatered
Theft = fine or cutting of ears, nose and hands
Murder = Hung
The importance of punishment
To maintain public order
To discourage bad behaviour
To promote public safety
Types of punishments
Wooden blocks with holes for head and hands. Crime for theft. Used to humiliate in front of village.
No proper name for punishment, used on murderers or other big crimes. Each limb attached to the horse by rope and all 4 horses go different ways pulling victim apart.
Most common, used on murderers. trap door under where person is getting hung forcing them to be strangled.
Practice of witch craft.
If king liked victim enough he wouldnt have a harsh punishment
gossiping, nagging, scolding, aggression or being a witch
Women adultry = some drowned