The Role Of Punishment In The Elizabethan Era

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During Elizabethan Era, the punishments given out for certain crimes were often brutal and ruthless. Criminals were handed out their punishments depending on how severe their crimes were. There were a variety of punishments given out, but only a few were frequently used. The torture among the different classes were given out depending on people's role in society.

Criminals were some the worst people with their crimes ranging from larceny to manslaughter. In Elizabethan Era, one of the most common crimes was theft. This was often because of desperation and lack of money. Another form of offence during this time was begging. Begging was seen by the Elizabethan government as an illegal wrongdoing most commonly done by Commoners. Also, getting caught with manslaughter is a death sentence.
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Hanging was one of the most commonly use for punishments. Getting caught with treason is a automatically death sentence by being hanged. Another commonly use punishment is being burned to death. Once again getting caught with treason could be burned to death. Being hanged or burned to death are taking place in the public.

There were two different classes during Elizabethan Era. The upper class was called Nobility and the poor was called the Commoners. The Nobility, being accused of a serious crime could well result in torture. People in the upper class are sometimes accused of spying, murder, and rebellion. The Commoners, being accused of a small crime could be a death sentence. People in the lower class are sometimes accused of theft, begging, and poaching.

Throughout Elizabethan Era, the disciplines were narcotic and just plain inhumane. Crime and punishment is important because we now know how history is different from today's
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