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Crime & Punishment in Medieval Times

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Holly Freeman

on 10 April 2014

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Transcript of Crime & Punishment in Medieval Times

A man in the stocks probably for cheating or being drunk.
There were alot of crimes in Medieval times that you could commit. In fact, it was quite easy to commit a crime.

Women were punished for gossiping and witchcraft.

Other crimes were; not working hard enough, cheating, being drunk, theft, murder and high treason.
What were the Crimes?
Crimes and Consequences
For each crime there was a punishment that often ended with a painful death.

Gossiping - The Scold's Bride
Witchcraft - Burned at the stake or hung
Not working hard enough - Flogging
Cheating or Drunkness - Stocks
Theft - Fines, extra work or your hands were cut off.
Murder - Hanging or beheading.
High treason - Hung, drawn and quartered

But it didn't end there. In some cases, the bodies of executed criminals were hung in a 'Gibbet', which was a cage that displayed the bodies.
Who decided your fate?
What were considered the worst crimes?
The worst crime that you could commit in Medieval times was high treason against the King.

If you were a women, and committed this crime, they would burned you alive. But if you were a man, the punishment was that you were hung, drawn and quartered.


By Holly Freeman
Crime & Punishment in Medieval Times
Different people decided different things. For large crimes, such as murder or high treason, the King chose the punishment. For smaller crimes, such as attempted murders or stealing, the Lords decided because they were meant to of been wise people.
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