In this paper I will look at the similarities and differences in punishments of individuals convicted of sodomy or assault with sodomitical intent in England and in the English Navy during the eighteenth century. Similarities between the two can be found in the laws against sodomitical acts and the punishments if found guilty of committing sodomitical acts. (come back to this!!!!!)
Sodomy was a capital offense in eighteenth century England (Greene, 204). A capital offense simply means it is a charge which carries the death penalty. Between 1700 and 1800 many cases involving sodomitical acts came before the English criminal courts, and while the majority of the cases were charges of assault with sodomitical intent, there were a few cases of sodomy. Individuals convicted of sodomy were given the death penalty and sentenced to hang at the Tyburn gallows.
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