Death by Hanging
interesting information about Medieval Torture and Punishment, specifically Death by Hanging,
during the era
Punishment - Death by Hanging
During the Medieval times inflicting pain and torture was an accepted form of
punishment or interrogation. The cruel and pitiless torturers were induced to inflict the horrors
of torture or punishment, including the Death by Hanging, on the pitiful prisoners.
Different types of torture or methods of punishment were inflicted, depending on the
crime and the social status of the victim,
using various methods and various types of devices
The Law, Crime,
Torture and Punishment - Death by Hanging
There were no laws or rules
to protect the treatment of prisoners
who faced torture or punishment, such as the Death by Hanging.
No matter what the type of torture or punishment
was used it was seen as a totally legitimate means for
justice to extract confessions, obtain the names of accomplices, obtain
testimonies or confessions or to
impose a penalty, sanctioned by law for a wrong committed.
The following description provides facts and information about the Death by Hanging.
Information about the Death by Hanging - The Gibbet
The most common form of execution in Medieval Times was Execution by
Hanging which was practised and described as follows:
"In every town, and almost in
every village, there was a permanent gibbet, which, owing to the custom
of leaving the bodies to hang till they crumbled into dust, was very
rarely without having some corpses or skeletons attached to it.
According to prescribed rule, the gallows were placed in an important
part in the political as well as the criminal history of that city."
The Death by Hanging
The following description of an execution
in Medieval Times describes Death by Hanging:
"The criminal condemned to be hanged was generally taken to the place of
execution sitting or standing in a wagon*, with his back to the horses.
When the criminal arrived at the place of execution the noose was placed
around his neck from which he was suspended and thereby strangled to
death. When the words "shall be hung until death doth ensue" are to be
found in a sentence, it must not be supposed that they were used merely
as a form, for in certain cases the judge ordered that the sentence
should be only carried out as far as would prove to the culprit the
awful sensation of hanging. In such cases, the victim was simply
suspended by ropes passing under the arm-pits, a kind of exhibition
which was not free from danger when it was too prolonged, for the weight
of the body so tightened the rope round the chest that the circulation
might be stopped. Many culprits, after hanging thus an hour, when
brought down, were dead, or only survived this painful process a short
* The term "On
the Wagon" is taken from the journey to the gallows.
Medieval Torture and Punishment - Death by Hanging
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