When Shakespeare was born in 1564, Queen Elizabeth had taken power a mere 6 years prior, and her justice system was very different from ours. In this paper, I hope to explore some of the ways punishments were different, such as how many crimes had individual punishments, often times depending on how severe the crime was. I will also go in-depth to one of the most infamous cases of the medieval period.
Imprisonment was very rare. If you were in jail, you were there because you were on trial, and you weren’t allowed to return home. Trials were very brief and if you were charged of a felony or treason, you weren’t allowed to have a lawyer. Unsurprisingly, trials were quick, with extremely brutal punishments. One of these, referred to as “The Greatest Punishment”, involved the subject being hung until they are considered to be half dead, then quartered, or to be cut up into equal pieces, alive, have their organs cut out, and finally have their body be set on fire. Fortunately, this punishment was typically reserved for the worst offenders, as its name and the process that it’s carried out by imply.
Several other punishments of the medieval period were also rather gruesome. If you were charged with treason, but you were a noble person otherwise, you were to be simply hanged and buried. If you committed murder, and were found guilty of attempted murder, you’d be tied up, near the scene of the crime and left to starve to death. If you were convicted of a successful murder, you’d be hung for a little while, have your hands cut off, and then led to where you’d be executed. Rouges were to be sent to the stockades and whipped, anyone who disturbed the peace were to be continuously du...
... middle of paper ...
...y appreciated. Her only request was to have more time to get ready, a request that was promptly shot down by the represenetives, saying that she must die at the exact time specified by Queen Elizabeth.
Mary arrived at the room where she was to be hung, and all preparations for her execution were taken care of. Queen Elizabeth soon arrived in a rather casual manner. As the final steps were carried out, the various people around her offered her many options, such as ministers to offer her comfort, all of which Mary refused. Just before her death, Mary prayed for Britain and Scotland to convert to Catholicism. The executioners then began to remove her veil, head dress, and various other ornaments, while Mary attempted to fight back, wanting to wear these during her execution, however she was forced to remove them. Finally, after much preparation, Mary was dead.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- During the years of the middle ages in England; from the 11th century to the 13th century, many countries/communities based and governed by law, doctrine, and or royalty/parliament, embraced new forms of punishment in order to reflect a crimes illegality and align a punishment that is capable of keeping a safe social environment. While the majority of sentences reflected the religious point of view of those giving the sentence, crime could be a broad spectrum of what is morally, socially, or religiously wrong, though this is what determines punishment.... [tags: Prison, Criminal justice, Penology, Punishment]
1526 words (4.4 pages)
- When studying the purpose and function of punishment across different time periods, a common aim becomes clear; to create an orderly and peaceful society. However, the methods of and ideology behind punishments is not congruent. Early time periods employed harsh, permanent punishments whereas modern societies utilized humane corrective services when dealing with criminals. When placed side by side, the Roman Empire, Medieval Britain and today’s society clearly illustrate the changes in methods and ideology behind reprimanding criminals.... [tags: ancient roman law, medieval law]
751 words (2.1 pages)
- The sound of bones crunching, the smell of burnt flesh, and the sight of deep red blood were common to the senses for people of the middle Ages. This bone-chilling period in England is commonly referred to as the Medieval Times and known widely for its extensive practice of gruesome torture. Many things led to the torturous acts performed on humans, one being the rise of the powerful clergy. Many deathly devices were concocted during this era; along with the development in literature, some of which derived from the cruel methods of punishment.... [tags: church, testimonies, punishment]
1834 words (5.2 pages)
- What do barbie dolls have in common with medieval childrens fashion. Actually children were dressed as miniture adults, but with less exaggerated details. they were mini dolls, not much has changed has changed today. This is illustrated through noble children's dress, merchant and town folk's children basic clothing and peasent childrens's dress. Fashion in the elizabethan era was very important there were even laws made, only allowing certain classes to wear certan things. This law was called the sumptuary law and there were even punishments towards the people who want to go against the fashion law.... [tags: essays research papers]
1564 words (4.5 pages)
- Torture, punishment or fun practices, do not do justice in describing medieval torture devices. Medieval practitioners would bring together the accumulative knowledge of the Greeks, Romans and Mesopotamians to create a new art, the art of fear. Regardless of how one looks at this practice it is perfectly clear that medieval tortures were intended to be cruel. To be given The Rack as a punishment, a criminal would have to have stolen, be under suspicion of a crime, or had murdered another person.... [tags: Medieval Punishment]
1133 words (3.2 pages)
- The Middle Ages lasted approximately 1,000 years, from the 5th to 15th century. The early part of the Middle Ages is also known as the Dark Ages. The Middle Ages has many nicknames including the Golden Ages and Medieval Times. One of the most accurate nicknames for the Middle Ages is, the Age of Faith. When one thinks of the Golden Ages, famine, plague, economic depression, crusades, disease, bloody wars, Vikings, persecution, and torture all come to mind. Torture during the Medieval Times was viewed differently than it is viewed today.... [tags: Age of Faith, Medieval Times, World History]
1431 words (4.1 pages)
- There are many terms used to describe the period after the fall of Rome and before the Renaissance, three main terms being the Middle, Medieval, and Dark Ages. In general, these terms are used interchangeably, but are these fair substitutions. In recent years the term “Dark Ages” is becoming less and less acceptable as a phrase which describes the span of years it is meant to refer to. The use of the term “dark” implies a period of stagnation, which is becoming a questionable concept. In particular, the span of time referred to in this paper is 530-1452 BCE, with specific attention paid to the scientific discoveries and innovations rather than art or literature.... [tags: History, Middle, Medieval, Dark Ages]
2572 words (7.3 pages)
- In my essay, I will be describing how medieval times lead to the 14th century Renaissance modern era. How many people lived there lives in the 14th century was very different how people lived in the Renaissance era. I will compare and contrast throughout my essay, how the 14th century and was different and what led to the Renaissance era. The middle Ages people were not as advanced so everything was centered on war and death. The medieval period is known in history as the era of European history focusing around the start of the 15th century, which came after the demise of the Roman Empire, which was due mainly to The Hundred Years War between France and England.... [tags: Renaissance, Middle Ages, Italy, Humanism]
1564 words (4.5 pages)
- The Medieval Era The Medieval era is so easily generalized into the three orders of those who fight, those who work, and those who pray, or even simply divided into the privileged and unprivileged. These distinctions are important, for the ability of the church and manor to influence a peasant's actions and to take a peasant's earnings was obviously a central component of a peasant's life. However, when peasants constituted such a sizable majority of the population (over 90 percent), it is also important to recognize the distinctions among them.... [tags: Papers]
1026 words (2.9 pages)
- Life in the Medieval Era Living in the medieval time period was not as glamorous as it is often portrayed; peasants and serfs led hard lives, however, kings, lords, and knights lived lavishly and at the expense of those under them. In this paper you will read about all of these lifestyles, as well as the castles in which these lords and kings lived in. Mainly castle designs, fortifications, and siege tactics will be revealed to you; yet there are several sections, dealing with the lifestyles of the above mentioned, leading up to that.... [tags: Papers]
741 words (2.1 pages)