A History of Crime in England: Illustrating the Changes of the Laws in the Progress of Civilisation, Volume 1 (Google eBook)

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Smith, Elder & Company, 1873 - Crime
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Page 387 - ... your loins, but elsewhere naked ; that there be set upon your body a weight of iron as great as you can bear and greater ; that you have no sustenance, save, on the first day three morsels of the coarsest bread, on the second day three draughts of stagnant water from the pool nearest to...
Page 9 - ... existing barbarism are extinct and when all the conditions will be favourable for the formation of the Grand Union. Till such time arrives the more World's Fairs we have the better. Before 1 conclude I beg to quote a few lines which will not be unsuitable with my general remarks. " Thus she (Rome) did illustrate the truism, often repeated and nearly always forgotten, that the empire of the intellect is higher than the empire of the strong hand. Thus did she show, as she fell, what is not less...
Page 142 - They killed without mercy every man who came in their way, and vied with each other in brutality. . . . False weights, false measures, false pretences of all kinds were the instruments of commerce most generally in use. No buyer would trust the word of a seller, and there was hardly any class in which a man might not with reason suspect that his neighbour intended to rob or even to murder him."* ASSIZES OF BREAD-BAKERS.
Page 226 - ... thoughts, be torn out and burnt to ashes, and that the ashes be scattered to the winds ; that your body be cut into four quarters, and that one of 'them be hanged upon the Tower of Carlisle, another upon the Tower of Newcastle, a third upon the Bridge of York, and the fourth at...
Page 479 - an instance in which accused persons were to be tried at the Gaol Delivery of Newgate, because they were too powerful in their own district, appears on the Gaol Delivery Roll, 25 Edward III Huntingdon, where there is a writ to that effect directed to the Sheriff of Cambridge...
Page 411 - ... hath since Easter the most part been beaten once in the week or twice, and sometimes twice on a day, and her head broken in two or three places.
Page 50 - Men branded on the forehead, without hands, without feet, without tongues, lived as an example of the danger which attended the commission of petty crimes...
Page 237 - ... crust. There perhaps an oven was being pulled down, because a baker had been detected in a third offence, and had been compelled to abjure trade in the city for ever. If there were no bakers to be punished on any particular day, the pillories could never have been all without occupants. They were used to punish the sellers of bad meat poultry, and fish, ... of oats good at the top of the sack and bad below, . . . and the petty pilferers of every kind.
Page 461 - Si quis nativus quiete per unum annum et unum diem in aliqua villa privilegiata manserit, ita quod in eorum communam, scilicet gildam, tanquam civis, receptus fuerit, eo ipso a villenagio liberabitur;
Page 492 - ... acquietare, dicit, quod ipse in nullo est inde culpabilis et inde de bono et malo ponit se super patriam etc.

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