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Were medieval punishments fair In medieval times the punishments were often very harsh compared to the modern ones Some were very unfair and often did permanent harm On the other hand some were good eg humiliation This essay shows both sides of the story if they were fair or unfair Medieval punishments were fair because the punishment often fitted the crime like if you got seriously drunk you had to wear a beer barrel for a day There was a saying that they used It goes an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth meaning if you for example take someones eye out they have the right to take yours out So if you stole they would cut your hand off so you never stole again Also for things like treason you deserve to be killed and humiliated in the process so you were hung drawn and quartered meaning you were hung by your neck had a rope tied round your legs and were pulled by a horse Then you were laid down your stomach was split open and all your insides were pulled out except your heart so you were still alive then they chopped your arms and legs off then your head Medieval punishments were also very unfair because some trials were just inhumane Like the ordeal by fire which is where you either put your hand in a pot of boiling water or held a red-hot iron for three steps They bandaged your hand They took the bandages off a few days later If it had healed you were innocent If it had not you were guilty This is very unfair because you could be a slow healer If you were accused of witchcraft You were tied up and ducked When you were pulled up they checked to see if you were alive If you
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