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Medieval torture was viewed as an acceptable consequence for the offender, demanded severity, and was carried out to obtain information from criminals.

I consequence for the offender


Why the offender was punished Forms of torture

II Severity
Types of torture Madness

III Obtaining information


Societal exceptions Ruler's and nobles

In medieval times there was no form of police systems When someone saw a crime they were expected to gather other citizens and capture the criminal. Rulers and nobles had personal body guards.

Rack Strappado Peine Forte et Dure The boot or snvaletto Scolds wife Skull crusher

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People came from all over to watch the killings The killings were more of a social gathering to humiliate the offender.

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Even though there was no police back then, people were expected to tattle so that bad people could be punished.

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