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Crime and Punishment of the Elizabethan Era

Various Crimes and Punishments of this time
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Crime and Punishment of the Elizabethan Era There were many crimes of the Elizabethan
Era, with many severe punishments. Most
crimes had cruel punishment, usually torture
or death. Simple crimes like stealing a handkerchief could have your hand cut off. The court system was unjust; the rich could bribe a judge to get their way. One of the worst crimes was treason. The punishment for treason was hanging, drawing and quartering. The person was drawn on a hurdle pulled by a horse to the place of execution. They were hanged (strangled by being suspended by a rope) but when they were still alive and sometimes conscious they were cut down. The executioner cut open their stomach and 'drew out' their entrails. Finally the person was beheaded and his body was cut into quarters." Treason The worst crime in England was offending against the State, the punishment was "drawing from the prison to the place of execution upon an 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."
To Offend Against the State Acting was a job of the poor because they traveled for money, and could be accused of being a theif. Many crimes were reserved solely for being poor. Some of these crimes were: begging, stealing simple items, and other minor crimes or not even crimes in today's society In court, if the plantiff couldn't find evidence against the
defendent, he would serve the defendent's sentence and all
court charges. Traveling was illegal without a license, to prevent
the spreading of the bubonic plague. People who commited suicide, had a stake
driven through their bodies when they were
buried. Small crimes such as stealing bird eggs could result in death. Major crimes; alchemy
murder, witchcraft, sedition, spying, treason, and offense against the state all ended in torture and death. Major crimes the punishment included torture such as hanging, burning, whipping, pressing, the wheel, boiling, starvation, cuttting off parts of the body, and other painful punishments Torturous punishments were reserved for the poor, while beheading was used for the royalty In beheading the person would stay conscience for only eight seconds. the executioner would then hold up the head, and post it on a stake. Works Cited
Elizabethan-era.org. “Elizabethan Crime and Punishment.” elizabethan-era. Elizabethan Era, n.d. Web. 2 May 2011. <http://elizabethan-era.org>.
EyeWitness to History. “Crime and Punishment in Elizabethan England.” Eyewitness to History. eyeWitness to history, 2001. Web. 26 Apr. 2011. <http://eyewitnesstohistory.com/;pfpunishment>.
- - -. “Crime and Punishment in Elizabethan England.” EyeWitnesstoHistory.com. EyeWitnesstoHistory, 2001. Web. 2 May 2011. <http://eyewitnesstohistory.com>.
Levinson, David. Crime and Punishment. London: Sage Publications, 2002. Print. The crime of stealing bird eggs could result in punishment of death Minor crimes had punishments such as cutting off body parts, less painful torture, and if lucky fines and jail time. Acting was thought down upon because the actors traveled for money.
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