Ten Shocking Extreme Punishments for Crimes

1. Burned at the Stake

Crimes including treason and heresy were punished during the Middle Ages by burning the offender alive. In England, the punishment was applied to women for acts of high treason, while men were hung, drawn and quartered.Particularly nasty executioners could keep the victim alive for a considerable period of time in immense pain, as the fire did its stuff. One famous victim of this method was Joan of Ark.

2. Boiling

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