In the early middle ages, there was a concept of weregeld, which provided a fine for killing someone, without distinction as to intent. The fine was relative to that person's social rank; killing a landless peasant cost 60 solidi, possibly two year's wages for the peasant; killing a priest was 300, unless he was saying mass at the time, in which case he cost 400; and up the fines went until you got to the king, for whose death the fine was 15,000 solidi paid to his family and another 15,000 paid to the state for the loss of his services. Imagine that: At least one time and place of the Middle Ages had a fine prescribed for killing a king.
The Lex Alamanorum provided a fine for rape of a married woman, and a slightly lower fine for rape of single woman. Exposing a part of a woman's body was also met with a fine, which varied according to the part: lifting her hat to expose her head cost 6 solidi, which was a lot of money in those days, and since the solidus was 12 denarii, this was the equivalent of about two month's wages for the average laborer. The various legal codes also protected women from physical abuse in various ways, and it was a bad idea for men to abuse their wives in most places.
There were a number of very surprising provisions. For example the Lex Frisionum made it not a criminal act for a mother to kill her newborn child. Whether this was related to an early perception of post-partum depression or not is unknown, but it certainly illustrates the fact that medieval law was not all derived from.
There certainly were severe legal codes and severe punishments in some places. The Saxon legal code made it a capital offense to eat meat during Lent. The Plantagenet Kings and others were renowned for use of torture. So I can hardly characterize the Middle Ages as easy or soft on criminals. Indeed, I think they can only be characterized as highly varied.
Punishments and legal proceedings were also varied. There were ecclesiastical courts for clerics, and anyone who was a cleric could ask to be tried by the Church instead of civil authorities. It was fairly difficult to identify just who a cleric was, so eventually, the legal question was became whether the the person be able to read and write. For this purpose, the person was asked to read the 51st Psalm. As far as I know, no one tested to see if the person had memorized the 51st Psalm. Ecclesiastical courts were more merciful than civil, the food was better in prisons run by the Church, and one of the popes banned clergy from participating in torture, so ecclesiastical courts did not use it. (I can just picture criminals teaching each other how to read so they can get a break in court.)
It was possible in some places to defend a person by having that person take an oath asserting innocence, and have twelve people swear that they believed the oath was valid. And in much of medieval, a fugitive could take refuge in a church or monastery for whatever crime, and no one, including agents of the king, could remove or harm that person.
I think this question deserves a lot of research and attention. The ignorance we show of the Middle Ages seems often to be greater than the ignorance of which we accuse the time. A link below is to a Wikipedia article on Germanic Law, which has many links to medieval legal codes.Another answer:rebellion, treason, heresy, witchcraft, vagrancy, smuggling, robbers, kind napping, working on Sundays, stealing, receiving stolen goods, murder, disobeying a king, not cooking bread to the right height and dressing like a noble if you are not one! just to name a few.
There was not a punishment for begging in the Middle Ages. There were however punishments for crimes such as stealing, murder, and treason.
trial by ordeal or trial by combat
Yes, people were hung for crimes as well as other things.
Same reason they do it today, they think there's something to gain from it.
The same sort of crimes we have today were also committed during the middle ages. These included:murderassaulttheftrobberyfraud
They were accused of cursing people and also killing them. Joana Dos Santos Felisberto.
There was no explorers in the middle ages. When exploration started that is when the middle ages ended.
The third period of the Middle Ages was the Late Middle Ages. The first is called the Early Middle Ages or the Dark Age. The second period was the High Middle Ages.
The middle ages are not called the medieval ages. The word medieval is an adjective that means "related to the middle ages." Sometimes we used "medieval period" as the same as "middle ages."
A monk from the middle ages
Early Middle Ages 400 - 700, High Middle Ages 700 - 1300, Late Middle Ages 1300 -1500.
Before the middle ages was Anquity (Greeks and Romans) and after the middle ages was the Renissance
It was not worn in the Middle Ages.
Yes, they had love in the Middle Ages.
the vikings started the middle ages.
A keep is a castle in the middle ages.
no, it was believed that there was no pizza in the middle ages.
1.the middle ages were in the middle ages. 2.i answered this because i was searching for an answer too!
There was no nylon in the Middle Ages. Nylon was invented in the 20th century; the Middle Ages ended in the 15th.
Yes. The Middle Ages and the medieval times were the same.
in the middle ages only the wealthy could afford these goods ,but in the high middle ages there where more goods and more people buying them
Japanese Americans were not existent in the middle ages. Even America was nonexistent in the middle ages.
the middle ages name cums from the phrase middle is the centre and the ages part cums from the ages ago phrase ha ha
the middle ages started in 500 A.D and ends in 1500 A.D the fall of the roman empire started the middle ages (dark ages)
The Middle Ages started in "1100 - 1520"
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