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CRIME & PUNISHMENT IN MEDIEVAL TIMES

Learn about the crimes and brutal punishment that was dealt out in Medieval Times.
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Michaela Mcentire

on 24 February 2014

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Transcript of CRIME & PUNISHMENT IN MEDIEVAL TIMES

MEDIEVAL CRIME
Towns faced :
Pickpockets
Thieves
Kidnappers
Murderers

Nightwatchmen patrolled the town at night with the help of lanterns, but these did not always help.
PUNISHMENTS
MEDIEVAL TRIALS
Trials by Ordeal:
A criminals innocence was determined on the outcome of an ordeal. For example - the criminal was thrown into water or fire. If the criminal drowned or burned to death they were innocent. If they survived they were considered rejected and therefore guilty.

Trial by Combat
Fight to prove innocence. God would choose the right side to win.
WHO DECIDES?
At first, a local lord decided on the persons guilt or innocence.

Later on, a court system used Common Law and independent judges to decide if a person was guilty or innocent.

Trials then focused on actual evidence and protected individuals rights for the first time.

Committing a crime was a very serious offense in the Medieval Times. Trials and punishments were often unfair and brutal.
Prisoners were sent to jail. Food wasn't provided. Therefore the prisoners relied on family and charity to supply them or they would starve.

Lesser Crime:
Pillory-a wooden contraption with 2 holes for the hands and 1 hole for the head. Criminals would stand and get their hands and head locked into place. The towns people would then throw rotten vegetables and rubbish at the criminal.

Serious Crime
Public execution by hanging, burning by the stake or torture.
CRIME & PUNISHMENT IN MEDIEVAL TIMES
CONCLUSION
A person getting executed
A person at the Pillory
MEDIEVAL COURT HEARINGS
MEDIEVAL COURT
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