Friday, October 10, 2014

What was that person hanged for? A historically accurate gameable for your Renaissance campaign

What was that person hanged for?


Die roll (d%)
Crime
00–75
Theft
1 - food
2 - horse
3 - livestock
4 - money

76­–93
Witchcraft

94–99
Murder

00
Other
1 – arson
2 – buggery
3 – breaking and entering
4 – rape
5 - sodomy

These figures, based on data from late sixteenth-century Essex, England, only represent hanging offences and so do not include executions by other means, such as drawing, hanging, and quartering (for treason), beheading (for treasonous nobles), or burning at the stake (for heresy and women guilty of petty treason).

Source: Ian Mortimer, The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England (London: Vintage Books, 2013), 308, citing data from the Essex assizes in F. G. Emmison, Elizabethan Life, vol. 1: Disorder (Chelmsford: Essex County Council, 1970).