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Facts and interesting information about Medieval Torture and Punishment, specifically Ducking Stool,
during the era

Torture and Punishment - Ducking Stool
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 Ducking Stool, 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 or instruments.

The Law, Crime, Torture and Punishment - Ducking Stool
There were no laws or rules to protect the treatment of prisoners who faced torture or punishment, such as the Ducking Stool. 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 Ducking Stool.

Facts and Information about the Ducking Stool
There were some different tortures which were used
for men or women. The Medieval Ducking Stool was specifically used as a torture method for women. The device was a chair which was hung from the end of a free-moving arm. The woman was strapped into the chair which was situated by the side of a river. The device would then be swung over the river by the use of the free-moving arm. The woman would then be ducked into the freezing cold water. The length of immersion into the water was decided by the operator and the crime of which the woman was accused. It could last for just a few seconds but in some circumstances this punishment process could be continuously repeated over the course of a day.

Crimes which warranted the use of the Medieval Ducking Stool
The Medieval Ducking Stool was a punishment strictly designed for women. The crimes which deemed such a punishment were prostitution and witchcraft. Scolds were also punished by this method. A scold was a term given to a gossip, shrew or bad tempered woman during the Medieval times and era. A scold was defined as: "A troublesome and angry woman who by brawling and wrangling amongst her neighbours breaks the public peace, increases discord and becomes a public nuisance to the neighbourhood". The device was used in cases of witchcraft. Ducking was seen as a foolproof way to establish whether a suspect was a witch. The ducking stools were first used for this purpose but ducking was later inflicted without the chair. In this instance the victim's right thumb was bound to left toe. A rope was attached to her waist and the 'witch' was thrown into a river or deep pond. If the 'witch' floated it was deemed that she was in league with the devil, rejecting the 'baptismal water'. If the 'witch' drowned she was deemed innocent. This particular method of ducking was also inflicted on men accused of witchcraft.

Medieval Torture and Punishment - Ducking Stool
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Medieval Punishment and Torture - Ducking Stool

  • Read books from a history book club or watch the History Channel DVDs on Medieval Times
  • Torture and Punishment Method
  • Instruments or devices of Torture and Punishment
  • Methods of Torture, Punishment and Execution
  • Torture Chambers and Dungeons
  • Facts, Information and history
  • Implements used
  • Punishment and Torture Devices And Methods
  • Ducking Stool

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