Medieval Crime and Punishment Jazmyn Patterson Bianka Zerpa Medieval life • Throughout the medieval period it was believed that the only way to keep order was to make sure that the people were scared of the punishments given for crimes committed. For this reason all crimes from stealing to murder had harsh punishments. Crime and Punishments Crime and Punishments Crime Punishment Treason Death by hanging or execution Theft Babington conspirator Publicly tortured. This could be in the form of the Stocks or medieval torture. Hanged, Drawn and Quartered Rebellion Hung Fraud The stocks and imprisoned Entering the same sex marriage The stocks and imprisoned. Utter Humiliation Murder Death, hung or execution Methods of Medieval Torture • • • • • • Ripping out teeth and nails Castration Drowning Roasting Genital Mutilation Limb/finger or tongue removal • Starvation • Stoning Crime and Punishment Roles • Minor crime –lords had authority to punish in local courthouse • Sheriff/police –keep criminals under lock and key • Catholic church used torture and imprisonment to obtain confessions Punishment Tools Punishment Tools • The Rack: on one end of the instrument was used to fasten the victims leg, and the other side fastened the hands. As the handle would be moved the ropes would eventually dislocate the arms and legs. Punishment Tools • The Scavengers Daughter: The elongated device compressed the victims body in a low crouching kneel-down position. As the grip would tighten on the person it would cause blood to crush out the ear and nose.