Bloody Code - what was this?
The 'Bloody Code' was the name given to the English legal system from the late 17th Century to the early 19th Century.
It was known as the Bloody Code because of the huge numbers of crimes for which the death penalty could be imposed. It would seem as if every crime was punishable by death in the 1800s, even those which we would consider to be very minor or trivial today such as stealing a rabbit.
The number of crimes carrying the death penalty in 1688 was 50. By 1815 it was…