European Christian Involvement In Using Mutilation as a Punishment

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  • fulltimestudent

    This is a long video, but it may be of interest, as its difficult to reconcile physical mutilation with a god of everlasting love.

    Mutilation as Gendered Punishment: State Violence and Sexual Transgression in Medieval Europe - Keynote lecture by Ruth Mazo Karras

    Ruth Karras is a Professor Of History at Trinity College Dublin. Her research focuses on medieval women, gender and sexuality. Click here to visit Ruth’s university web page or follow her on Twitter @rmkarras

    Ruth Karras spoke at at the Women’s History Association of Ireland Annual Conference, University College Dublin, on March 21, 2021

    Excerpt: It probably won’t come as news to anyone that mutilation was used as a judicial punishment in various societies across the globe, and it can serve several different purposes. Sometimes it’s just a punishment short of death. Sometimes it’s retributive justice – an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, or the loss of the limb – with which a crime was committed such as chopping off a hand for theft, which can also be a symbolic inscription of the crime on the body. I want to talk today particularly about the use of mutilation as punishment for sexual offenses and particularly those involving same-sex activity in medieval Europe.

  • Biahi

    Those were barbaric times, I avoid films like these.

  • fulltimestudent

    Yes Biahi, quite barbaric - but the perpetrators were 'faithful' christians zealous in insisting on obedience to what they saw as commands from Jesus.

    Footnote: This was a talk (lecture, if you want) NOT a film.

  • WTWizard

    And this time, it is your head. Under Noahide Law, which is coming under full global communism, anyone having sex with anyone other than their prescribed mate (and no gay sex, either) will have their heads chopped off.

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