Sunday, March 24, 2013

114. Curious Punishments of Bygone Days by Alice Morse Earle

Originally published in 1896, this book is illustrated by woodcut prints of the various forms of punishment common in England and America in the 17th and 18th Centuries. We are familiar with the stocks, pillory and, thanks to Nathaniel Hawthorne, the Scarlet Letter. However, the bilboes, branks and wooden horse were equally cruel punishment meted out for seemingly minor offences and social control.

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