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the medieval period was incredibly brutal and unforgiving. Punishment by death and harsh touter treatment kept everyone in line . Now a days if someone is caught with theft there punish with 2 – 6 months in jail but times went that simple in the midlevel time period and thieves would get there hand chopped so everyone would now there. And public humiliation.
Crime and punishments
Treason Death, usually by hanging or a quick execution such as the Pear of Anguish
Theft Public humiliation and torture such as the Pillory and Stocks- A person declared guilty of theft often had their hands cut off, while more notorious thieves faced a variety of punishments depending on the preference of their torturer
Assassin Death by hanging or quartered and questioned for information by using heat torture, rat torture, flaying, and other creative methods
Rebellion assassin Sentenced to death and often hanged. Also faced the pear of anguish, the guillotine, rat torture, and various other methods
Fraud These criminals usually faced public humiliation through the pillory and stocks as well as imprisonment (where an array of dreadful tortures awaited them)
Homosexuality Pillory, stocks, and pear of anguish (through one’s anus)
Murder Various types of death and execution, depending on the social/economic status of the person murdered.
Could a king be punished
No during the medieval period and even hundreds of years before that period there have been some kings that treated his people terrible but nothing could be done. His nights were forced to stay loyal and those that were much weaker then the king just had too suffer and listen to his commands. The only circumstance a king can be punished is if another Kingdome successfully invades and concurs his land in that case all his land will be handed over and the king would most likely be killed.
What were the punishment tools
Pear of anguish most often used for assassins and homosexuals was a pear shaped tool that would open up and expand. And assassin would have it inserted in his mouth while a gay man will have it in his anus. The person would often bleed to death.
Hangings: often used on thief's or treason this was a much quicker and silent death then the pear of anguish. The person sentenced to death will have a rope tied around his neck and stands on top of a trap door and as the executioner opens the door the criminal would have his neck Brocken and died instently.
When did torturing end
The gruesome and barbaric killings and touters was condemned in 866 by pope Nicholas v. he felt so strongly about this because he believed if someone was wrongfully accused of a crime the judge would have committed an equally great sin. His movement and beliefs wasn’t shared and his good intentions wasn’t picked up on. In 1984 the united nations on torture and degrading treatment this was signed of by 74 countries and forbids acts of torture in countries where torture is legal.
Judges and jury
Times have changed a lot we now except all different religions and beliefs but back then was a different story. Gays and lots of non Catholics were looked down upon especially in Europe. Many people did not go in front of a judge and were sent to executions this procedure killed many of innocent people. Over all the king had the last say on everything and could either exaggerate a criminals crime to give him a worse punishment or she could even get him out the whole mess
What considered the worst punishment
In all my research the most unforgiving and brutal punishment has to be the Hanged, Drawn, and Quartered During medieval times, the penalty for high treason in England was to be hanged, drawn and quartered in public and though it was abolished in 1814, it has been responsible for the death of thousands of people. In this torture technique, the victim is dragged in a wooden frame called a hurdle to the place of execution. They would then be hanged by the neck for a short period of time until they are near-death (hanged), followed by disembowelment and castration where the entrails and genitalia are burned in front of the victim (drawn). The victim would then be divided into four separate parts and beheaded (quartered)