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Crime and Punishment in the RENAISSANCE

ENG1D1 Assignment
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Monica Grunwald

on 22 May 2013

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Transcript of Crime and Punishment in the RENAISSANCE

Crime and
Punishment in the Renaissance A Presentation by: Monica Grunwald Each crime had their own individual set of punishments, for high treason the punishments were severe forms of torture and death while for petty misdemeanors the punishments were much lighter in comparison in the form of whipping and the stocks. What Were the Usual Punishments? Treason The punishments for high treason consisted of:
-hanging
-drawing
-quatering
For petty treason the punishment was usually the stocks. What Types of Crimes were Commonly Committed? Crimes were categorized into treason, felonies, and misdemeanors. Misdemeanors The punishments for misdemeanors consisted of:
-stocks
-pillories
Punishments for thieving was a 'T' being burned into their tumb and/or face with a branding iron. Hangings were usually watched by the public, and they considered it like a sport where people would sell concessions and everyone who attended would sit in bleachers to see the “spectacle”. Who Was Allowed to Watch and Why? Felonies Beheadings were witnessed by the public where the executioner would cut and hold the head of the criminal out to the public. Traitor's heads would be put onto wooden stakes and shown in public until they rot then they are taken down. The punishments for
felonies were also less intense than those for treason but were actually worse than those for misdemeanors. Punishments for gossip were quite cruel, it was called the "Gossip's Bridle". Similar Different Punishments In the Renaissance Era were a lot more cruel than Modern punishments
Begging is not considered a crime in our modern justice system,it was in the Renaissance era
Punishments don't[often] vary depending on your social status How is This Different or Similar to Crime and Punishment Today? The drunkard's cloak, an accepted punishment for the overly drunk in the Renaissance Seen here is a man serving his punishment, community service. I bet hes glad he didn't lose any fingers, or worse! Most Committed Crimes By Class Upperclass High Treason
Blasphemy
Sedition
Spying
Rebellion
Murder
Witchcraft
Alchemy Lower class Theft
Cut purse
Begging
Poaching
Adultery
Debtors
Forger
Fraud
Dice Cogger But what were the punishments for these crimes? The most commonly used punishments are as follows: More about the crimes and punishments Hanging
Burning
Pillory or Stocks
Whipping
Branding Pressing
Ducking Stools
The Wheel
Boiling in oil
Public Starvation
Cutting off parts of body Thanks for watching! Felonies not as bad as treasons but still bad. Felonies were violent acts like murder or assault, property crimes such as, robbery or horse thefts. Their were also some unusual crimes like hunting at night with a painted face and practicing witchcraft. A misdemeanors is a minor crime. It is the least harming type of crime out of the three. Some misdemeanors include petty theft and going from house to house and begging for food, money clothing, etc -Treason was the worst type of crime, which was then further divided into high treason and petty treason.

-High treason were crimes that threatened to monarchy such as plots against the king or queen’s life or authority.

-Petty treason was the threat to someone’s master or husband. Women were required to obey their husbands and servants were required to obey their masters. Very little is left of the Renaissance justice system
Today some countries use forms of capitol punishment such as hanging -What types of crimes were commonly committed?
-What were the usual punishments?
-Who was aloud to watch and why?
-How is this similar or different to crime and punishment today? Weapons
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