In medieval times their punishments very very grousome. They took no pitty on the victem and found the worse punishment possible for the offender. Stealing bread to feed your starvng family was a big offence to the medieval people and they could be sentenced from anything to stocks to being thrown into the dark dungeon. They used cruel punishments because they thought it was the right thing to do and to teach them a lesson even though they wouldn't have learnt anything because they would probaby be sentenced to death making them dead and there for not being able to think about what they had done.



Stocks were wooden blocks with a hole for the head and the hands. They were used for smaller punishments like stealing. Most peasants were the stealers because they didn't have enough money to but their own things. The offender was locked in the stock and put on public display just to humiliate them in front of the whole village. Occasionally an enemy of the person locked in the stocks would come by and cut off a hand and there was nothing the victim could do because they could hardy move in the stocks. Eventually if they had their hand cut off they would die from loss of blood.

Pulled apart-

There is no proper name for this punishment but i think you can understand what it is just from that title. This punishment was used for murderers and large crimes like that. The offender would me strapped to horses (one arm or leg to one horse) and then on command the horses would start running and that would rip the offenders arms and legs off. The person would die quickly and painfully through blood and limb loss.


In medieval times a hanging was very common. It was used for crimes that were very common such as attempted murder or murder. Hanging is still a type of punishment today but DEFINITELY not as common as in the medieval times. Now death penalties are only rarely done. There is a trap door under the hanging spot that the person that did the hanging takes the victim once he or possibly even she is dead.

Burnt on stake-

Medieval people believed in evil sourcerers such as witches who were believed to be evil and dangerous. Of course there really isn't such thing as witches (yet...) but if someone was believed to be a witch they would immediately be sentenced to be burnt at the stake. The victim was tied to the stake and then burnt alive infront of the whole village and kingdom.


If the king liked someone enough and they did a crime they wouldn't have to have a painful punishment. Instead they were banished from the kingdom and they were never allowed to come back. The person who was banished thought it was a bad punishment because they could never see their king again but that isn't so bad compared to other punishments.
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There are lots of other crazy and terrible punishments but they are really not pleasant to read.