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Life In Prison Elizabethan Era

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Transcript of Life In Prison Elizabethan Era

Life in prison
The Most Common Crimes
Most Serious Crimes
There were many "serious" crimes in the Elizabethan Era but the most serious were treason,(the crime of betraying one's country, especially by attempting to kill the sovereign or overthrow the government) Blasphemy,(the act of being rude or disrespectful to God) Sedition, (the act on the United States congress) and Murder (the killing of a human by another human being).

The most severe punishments
There were many severe punishments in the Elizabethan Era were that you could be killed by a hurdle sled, being hung till half death, can be quarter alive and finally you can be burned alive.
There were many crimes in the Elizabethan Era but the most common crimes were high treason,(the attempt to kill the sovereign or over throw the government) Blasphemy(is the act of being rude or disrespectful to God) and Sedition(is an act on the United States congress)
What were the jail cells like?
By: Kenneth Santos & Mitchell Vollmer

6. What is the justice system like in the Elizabethan Era?

These courts are very organized. We have the Great Session court (or Assizes), which were held 2 times a year in each county. The Quarter Sessions Court are held four times a year.
There was 2 different types of trial, ordeal by Fire, and trial by jury.
Trial By Jury 12 men were set to find evidence and if found evidence against him/her they would be given a punishment. Which also dealt with the worst crimes

Ordeal by fire is when someone gets burnt by a red hot iron bar and bandage and 3 days later they see if he is healing and if not he was sentenced to be guilty.
What was the most favored what was punishment?
The most favored punishment was Hangings, drawing, and quartering.
Hangings: They would hang the body till they were were dead and threw them into the fire
Drawing: Is when they would be when they stretched out the joints and throw them in the fire.
Quartering: Quartering is when they hang someone till half they are half dead and stretch the joints out and throw them in a fire.

The jail cells in the Elizabethan Era were more like holding cells for the defendant because in the Elizabethan Era torture is what happened to citizens that committed a crime.
What Was the most common punishment?
Torture: They would make the criminal have severe pain.
Executions: they would hang or chop a head off.
Fines: They would make someone give the government food or money.
Amputations they would cut off someones body part such as a hand or arm.

What was the food like in the prison?

They were not feed terribly but they did also eat horribly out of jail.
Poor people may have had humble and unvaried diets, consisting largely of bread, fish, cheese and ale
Elizabethan England ate well. All kind of meats were served such as lamb (mutton), beef, mutton, pork, bacon, veal, rabbit, hare, and fowl such as peacock, swan, goose, blackbirds and pigeon.
The rich ate VERY few vegetables and very little fruit
Onions, garlic, and leeks

What were the prison outfits like?

They wore jump suits that were black and white with hats occasionally.
The woman wore dress’ if they committed a crime.
They wore different clothes for different occasions.
They sometimes wore their own clothes but did not shower.

What were the court rooms like?
The court rooms were weighed into the defendants favor because in the Elizabethan Era anyone who accused a criminal, the jury would agree that the criminal was really the criminal even if he/she plead non-guilty.
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