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Crime, Punishment, and the Tower of London

unusual punishments for not-so-unusual crimes, and the dreaded Tower of London

Seema Parsapour

on 11 December 2012

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Transcript of Crime, Punishment, and the Tower of London

Crime, Punishments, and the Tower of London CRIMES homeless being drunk or obscene in public selling underweight bread selling cheap/impure beer battery rape treason witchcraft homosexuality forgery “In an age in which people owned few personal possessions, the loss of a napkin, a smock, a tool, or a cooking pot was serious indeed…and theft was taken very seriously” (Olsen 151). PUNISHMENTS Bilboes simple devices
used on ships Stocks exposed criminal to ridicule
onlookers encouraged to fling feces, rotten fruit, mud, etc. Ducking-Stool used for women
dunked them into an icy lake/pond Brank women
cage over the head
spikes over the tongue
prevented talking THE TOWER OF LONDON “The greatest and most grievous punishment used in England for such as offend against the State is drawing from the prison to the place of execution upon a hurdle or sled, where they are hanged till they be half dead, and then taken down, and quartered alive; after that, their members and bowels are cut from their bodies, and thrown into a fire, provided near hand and within their own sight, even for the same purpose” (Harrison, William). PURPOSE originally served as a power base
provided a safe retreat for the Royal family
helpful during times of civil disorder Over the years, its function changed... became a place of trials, torture, and execution decapitation by axe or sword
often took several blows before the head was finally severed
consciousness remained for at least 8 seconds after beheading
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