Attitudes toward crime and punishment have changed over time. Lots of punishments have become less cruel and harsh over time. Do you think attitudes have changed over time? Today i will be writing about the Roman, Anglo-Saxons/Vikings, Tudor, Victorian times and Modern era attitudes. From Weregild to slaves; to transportation to prison cells. Over the years lots of time periods had gruesome and horrific ways to punish people but now punishments have evolved massively. I hope you learn from what I have wrote.
Crime and punishments in Roman times:
Rome was around at 500BC until 400AD, the Roman Empire ruled most of the civilised world. During this time lots of people were really poor and dangerous places such as slums have the most crimes. Murder and theft became the most common crimes in the country. People who used to stop crimes were vigils (this band had 7000 people and where strong and powerful.) The most common punishments were fines and whipping. Trust me, whipping does really hurt. But now punishments have evolved and are less harsh but are still awful.
Crime and punishment in Anglo-Saxon times:
In Anglo-Saxon times crime was extremely major and had extremely major punishments. The most major crimes were treason and the punishment for that was a death penalty. Whereas, really small crimes just had a fine. If men had a jury service and they could not decide if they are innocent or guilty they would get punished! They would give horrible punishment such as grabbing a stone from boiling hot water. Horribly, if the blisters and scars did not heal up overnight it’s a sign that God thinks that they are still guilty. After that, you have to go through more punishments. Weregild was money used to pay fines such as loss of an eye or a finger.
Crime and punishment in Tudor times:
Tudor times were extremely interesting but rather awful. The most common crimes in Tudor times were begging and stealing. People did this because they were really poor and not lots of people had money at all. People who helped stop crimes were Parish constables. They would help find the criminal and they would hang around the neighbourhood to see if anyone commits a crime. The most common punishments were being branded. Branding is basically getting a vicious, flaming hot iron and scorching your skin. Weregild was also in the Tudor times.
Crime and punishment in the Victorian times:
Crime in the Victorian times was also very popular because a lot of people were in England at the time. The most common crimes in the Victorian times were pickpocketing. It was most common because people did not have to keep the money or goods. They could have shipped it away to a different country. In the Victorian times the first police force formed and actually helped stopping the crimes. The most common punishments were being shipped to Australia or making children to lots of tough labour. Most of the naughty children were treated like adults having so many jobs to do just to get a little amount of money!
Crime and Punishment in the WW2 time period:
In the world war 2 period of time lots of punishments got rather different and dangerous. During the time there was a lot of war so that explains why so many crimes were being committed. The most common crimes were murder, robbery and bombs. People did this so they can use what they got to by guns or sett of bombs. People were found a lot in those times because of the police force started to increase because of all the crimes that were being committed over the years of WW2. The most common punishments in the WW2 period was short prison sentences or some fines. The war was developed all because of the Nazis and Adolf Hitler. He was the man who started all the war!
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