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Elizabethan England - Crime & Punishment

Elizabethan England and Elizabethan Crime and Punishment - not a happy subject. Violent times. Crimes were met with violent, cruel punishments. Many punishments and executions were witnessed by many hundreds of people. Facts about the different Crime and Punishment of the Nobility, Upper Classes and Lower Classes.

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Elizabethan England - Elizabethan Executions
Elizabethan England and Elizabethan Executions. The Death Penalty was definitely not an issue during the Elizabethan era, the only question was what form of execution did the person in question deserve. Executions by beheading were considered the least brutal of execution methods and were accorded to important State prisoners or people of noble birth.


The most dreadful punishment of being Hung, Drawn and Quartered was a barbaric form of execution was reserved for the most hated prisoners who had usually been convicted of treason.

Elizabethan England - Elizabethan Tortures

Elizabethan Tortures were excruciatingly painful and violent. Various means of tortures were use to extract confessions for crime. The Rack, the Scavenger's Daughter, the Collar, the Iron Maiden, Branding Irons, the Wheel and Thumbscrews were all excrutiating methods of Elizabethan tortures.

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Elizabethan England - Religion - Protestants, Catholics and Jews

The two major religions in Elizabethan England were the Catholic and Protestant religions. The convictions and beliefs in these different religions were so strong that they led to the executions of many adherents to both of these Elizabethan religions. What were the differences between the Catholic and Protestant religion and beliefs in Elizabethan England? How were the Jews perceived in England during the Elizabethan era. How were Catholics and Jews treated in the Elizabethan era?

Elizabethan England - The Poor Law

Society in Elizabethan England was changing and the number of poor people living in abject poverty was increasing. A series of laws was introduced by the English Parliament in 1563, 1572, 1576, 1597 culminating in the 1601 Poor Law designed to make provision for the poor. The poor were divided into three categories - the 'Deserving Poor', the 'Deserving Unemployed' and 'Undeserving Poor' - those who turned to a life of crime or had become beggars.


Elizabethan England

Elizabethan England
The section and era covering Elizabethan England includes the following subjects:
Elizabethan Crime and PunishmentElizabethan ExecutionsElizabethan TorturesReligion in Elizabethan England
Elizabethan Sumptuary LawsThe Poor LawElizabethan Laws 
Queen Elizabeth I - Jews and CatholicsElizabethan Recusants and the Recusancy Laws

Elizabethan England - Elizabethan Laws

The section covers Tudor and Elizabethan Laws passed during the 1500's. Important dates and details of Laws which effected the every day lives of Elizabethans in england including the 1559 Second Act of Supremacy the 1574 Sumptuary Laws called the 'Statutes of Apparel' and the 1601 Poor Law.

Elizabethan England - Elizabethan Sumptuary Laws

English 1574 Sumptuary Laws were well known by all of the English people. The penalties for violating Sumptuary Laws in England could be harsh - fines, the loss of property, title and even life. Sumptuary Laws were imposed by rulers to curb the expenditure of the people. Such laws might apply to food, beverages, furniture, jewelry and clothing. These Sumptuary Laws, called the Statutes of Apparel, were used to control behaviour and ensure that a specific class structure was maintained in England.


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Elizabethan England

  • Crimes and Punishments in England
  • Executions in England
  • Tortures in England
  • Elizabethan Religion in England
  • Elizabethan Laws in the 1500's England
  • The 1601 Poor Law in England
  • 1574 Sumptuary Law called the Statutes of Apparel in England

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