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The Renaissance: Crimes & Punishments
Transcript of The Renaissance: Crimes & Punishments
The ones who stole are normally rogues and vagabonds. Most are so poor and depressed that they would rather steal and be caught than live in the streets.
Sometimes Thieves can reduce their punishment as long as they know how to read. Punishment The punishment for thievery is not too harsh compared to other punishments and torture.
Their punishment depends on what they stole and if they broke anything while stealing.
If someone stole money during the middle of the night and did not put the man’s life at danger or broke anything while there, the only punishment would be a hot iron brand placed upon their left hand to mark that they have stolen before.
Another type of punishment is where they place food on your stomach and places you in the wild and watch as ravenous beast tore you up, limb from limb, until you die.
Punishment is reduced if you know how to read. Willful manslaughter was highly illegal during the Renaissance.
Many murder for revenge, jealously, greed, and sometimes even pride.
Some murder for money and love.
Murders can even involve bribery. Punishment is not very strict for murder.
Normally, when someone is murdered it is obvious who killed who.
So when preforming “An eye for an eye” the reasonable punishment would be death near the location of the crime.
Killing a Priest or a high ranking individual is a bigger crime than killing a random commoner.
The crime then would be serious torture and then death. Blasphemy is the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for a religious deity or the irreverence towards religious or holy persons or things.
Act against religion are severely punished with torture then death.
There were no real trials during the renaissance. The only form of trial was where they would torture you until you told them what they wanted to hear. Blasphemy is normally dealt with the cutting of the tongue or other small parts of the anatomy. If someone spoke blasphemy about the pope or the church torture and punishment will be harsher than before. During the Renaissance there was belief of Witchcraft and Alchemy.
The individuals who were portrayed as witches were old, poor, unprotected, or single women (widows).
Men were all powerful during this era, therefore, women were the only ones eligible to become witches.
Women were framed as witches when the outbreak of the Black Death started.
If men died while being married or close to a woman, that woman would be known as a witch throughout the town.
Women who were known as witches were treated even worse than other women. Witches would be ignored and stoned throughout their daily lives.
Punishment for being a witch during the Renaissance was unforgiving.
First the accused witches were hung until half-dead, and then they were tortured.
Their internal organs were ripped out then burned while keeping the alleged witch alive.
Afterwards, the witch would be hung a second time until she was fully dead.