interesting information about Medieval Torture and Punishment, specifically
during the era
Punishment - Stocks
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 Stocks, 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 - Stocks
There were no laws or rules
to protect the treatment of prisoners
who faced torture or punishment, such as the Stocks.
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 Stocks.
Information about the Stocks
The Stocks were a wooden structure
formerly in use both on the continent of Europe and in Great Britain as
a method of punishment for petty offences. The culprit sat on a wooden
bench with his ankles, and sometimes his wrists or even neck, thrust
through holes in movable boards. Punishment in the stocks generally
lasted for at least several hours. During this time passers-by would
throw all forms of disgusting waste at the hapless culprit. It is known
that the stocks were used by the Anglo-Saxons by their often figuring in
drawings of the time. The second Statute of Labourers (1350) ordered the
punishment of the stocks for unruly artisans. It further ordered that
stocks should be made in every town and village in England.Though never
expressly abolished, the punishment of the stocks began to die out in
England during the early part of the 19th century, though there is a
recorded case of its use so late as 1865 at Rugby. In many of the
villages in the country may still be seen well-preserved examples of
stocks, in some cases with whipping posts attached.
Medieval Torture and Punishment - The Stocks
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