Three similarities between Anglo Saxon, Norman and later Medieval punishment

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  • Three similarities between Anglo Saxon, Norman and later Medieval punishment
    • Anglo Saxon
      • Fines and compensation were most common
      • The system of paying compensation to victims of crime, including murder. This was called wergild
      • Corporal punishments were also fairly common but capital punishment were rarely used
    • Norman
      • Use of Capital Punishment and corporal punishments rose dramatically. More became capital crimes
      • Breaking Forest Laws was punished very harshly including castration, blinding and hanging
      • The Wergild system was ended and fines were paid to the king
      • Very minor crimes were still punished by fines,whipping or time in the stocks.
    • Later Medieval
      • Use of Capital Punishment gradually decreased, although crimes against authority were still harshly punished
      • Corpora punishments  were still widely used, although many juries would not convict their neighbors unless they were regular offenders
      • Fines became more common
    • Social Status and punishment
      • Medieval punishments varied depending on class and gender- commoners were treated differently tan nobility. Examples of this is:
        • The amount of wergild payable in Anglo Saxon times depended on the victim's social status
        • During the later medieval period, commoners usually handed, nobles were beheaded
      • Norman punishments
        • Normans would make the punishments much more public as deterrence and assertion of power,

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