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Crime and Punishment in the Middle Ages

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Jake Garvey

on 26 April 2013

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Transcript of Crime and Punishment in the Middle Ages

L/O: To explore how law and order was kept in Medival Britain.
Crime and Punishment
In Medival Britain. The Tithing The Tithing was a group of ten people, everyone had to be part of one. Each needed to take responsibility for the other nine.
Then when one of the others broke the law the others were responsible to getting the accused to court or risk prosecution themselves. Trials The hue and cry The Hue and Cry was when a person was robbed, attacked or any crime was comitted on a person.
The person who had a crime comitted against them would shout out and the whole community was meant to follow the criminal. If they did not respond to the crime the community was in the wrong.
Ordeal by Combat Ordeal by fire Was used by noblemen whom had been accused of something. They would fight their accuser. Whoever won was right in the light of God and who lost was usually dead at the end of the fight Was when the accused walked 3 paces with a searing hot iron-bar. Their hand was banaged for three days. If the wound was getting better you were innocent if it was festering you were guilty , God had decided you were guilty The death penalty Crimes punishable by death were arson, robbery, highway robbery, rioting and forgery.
Most were hung but noblemen and women were beheaded Hung , drawn and quaterd People who had been convicted of treason were taken by horse to the place of execution. Once there they were hung to the point of death. They were then disemboweled and cut into quaters . Their remains were displayed on prominent places such as London Bridge.
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